Although the Rwandan Genocide which saw thousands of killings by the Hutu tribe in hopes of exterminating the Tutsi tribe occurred 22 years ago, eight of the major nine suspects have still not been captured. One of them, Ladislas Ntaganzwa has been on the run but was captured in December 2015. On 20th March, he was extradited to Rwanda by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to face a trial by the UN tribunal.
53 year old Ntaganzwa who faces nine counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and violating the Geneva Conventions stands accused of propagating the Rwandan genocide by creating a Hutu militia while being mayor of Nyakizu town. He is also being held responsible for the organization of mass rapes and other gruesome misconducts.
After his arrest in 2015, Ntaganzwa was handed over to the UN tribunal, Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunal (MICT).
“Ladislas Ntaganzwa, who is accused of participating in genocide in Rwanda, has been in our hands since December 2015. We have decided to hand him over to the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT),” said DRC Justice Minister, Alexis Thambwe.
His extradition comes as a good news to many who have long anticipated Ntaganzwa being brought to book.
“We are very happy to see this [the extradition] effected,” said Jean-Bosco Siboyintore, head of Rwanda’s Genocide Fugitive Tracking Unit.
“We have been long waiting for it and we are happy that the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunal (MICT) have so far delivered him from DRC,” he added.
Eight more suspects are yet to be apprehended. Their names are Félicien Kabuga, Protais Mpiranya, Augustin Bizimana, Fulgence Kayishema, Aloys Ndimbati, Phénéas Munyarugarama, Ryandikayo, and Charles Sikubwabo.