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France has requested extradition of fugitive Rwandan General Kayumba Nyamwasa

Fugitive Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa, accused of genocide and crimes against humanity

Fugitive Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa, accused of genocide and crimes against humanity

Johannesburg: France has requested South Africa to extradite a Rwandan general, who was once a high commissioner to India, to face charges related to his alleged role in the 1994 assassination of the leaders of Rwanda and Burundi.

Lieutenant-General Kayumba Nyamwasa was the chief of the Rwandan Army until 2010, when he fled to South Africa after falling out with Rwandan president Paul Kagame and is seeking asylum in South Africa.

Justice ministry spokesman Tlali Tlali confirmed that France had requested South Africa to extradite lieutenant-general Kayumba Nyamwasa, adding to a similar request by Rwanda to do the same.

Nyamwasa is wanted in Rwanda to address allegations of his involvement in mortar attacks in the country in February this year before he fled to South Africa, where his application for refugee status is still pending.

The former military head was also found guilty in 2006 France for his involvement in shooting down an aircraft in 1994, killing the former presidents of Rwanda and Burundi and sparking a civil war in Rwanda which left hundreds of thousands dead.

In 2008, Nyamwasa was found guilty in Spain for complicity in the murder of nine Spanish nuns and emergency workers.

Meanwhile, experts have said that the South African government would have to first consider the extradition requests from Rwanda before that of France.

“He will have to provide evidence that his life would be in danger if he is extradited. The recent attempt on his life will probably be part thereof,” said Prof Andre Thomashausen of the Centre for International Studies at the University of South Africa.

Nyamwasa survived an alleged assassination attempt recently outside his house in Johannesburg, for which four men are currently facing charges.

He served as Rwanda’s High Commissioner to India from 2004-2010.

[Zee News]

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1 PB Ndengeyinka { 07.08.10 at 10:28 am }

Les juges français veulent reprendre l’enquête en vue d’annuler les résultats de celle menée par le juge Burguière. Tout le monde sait ce que Koutchner a comme plan. Veut-on faire un autre procès similaire à celui de Rose kabuye? Ce type de gauche (socialiste9 qui vit à droite (gouvernement MP) nous conduira, on ne sait où! attendez seulement!

2 Timothy { 07.08.10 at 10:39 am }

In Kinyarwanda they say that the days of the thief are only 40. The countdown has started for Kayumba and his shooting colleagues of President Habyalimana’s Falcon airplane. They also say that the porcupine eats your squashes and gets madier than you. Those responsible for the 1994 Rwandan genocide will soon or later come to light. God help the Rwandan people.

3 Rugina { 07.08.10 at 1:32 pm }

My dear Timothy. Kayumba did n’t kill anybody in my own view. He only fought to liberate the country that was in hands of genociders under command of Kagame. Anything that could have gone wrong, Kagame should be answerable not Kayumba.

4 La France, l’Espagne et le Rwanda Réclament l’Extradition du Général Criminel Rwandais Kayumba Nyamwasa | Rwandinfo_FR { 07.09.10 at 6:34 am }

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