Authorities in Rwanda have formally requested for extradition of Joseph Mugenzi, the head of the opposition Political Party FDU Ikingi who was arrested on Genocide crimes in The Netherlands.
According to Rwanda Prosecution, Mugenzi, 71 was subject to international arrest warrant since 2013
“He was arrested on Tuesday, October 27, by the Dutch Police’s international crimes unit and we immediately formally requested for his extradition,” Rwanda prosecution spokesperson Faustin Nkusi told the media
In Rwanda, Mugenzi is accused of Genocide, crimes against humanity, conspiracy to commit Genocide, and complicity to commit Genocide.
Nkusi said he was optimistic that Mugenzi would be extradited to Rwanda to answer to the charges.
“Judicial authorities of The Netherlands have in past extradited two genocide suspects to Rwanda while two others were tried and sentenced there, so we believe Mugenzi will be extradited,”Nkusi noted.
Jean Baptiste Mugimba and Jean Claude Iyamuremye were both extradited in 2016 while John Mpambara was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2010 and Yvonne Ntacyobatabara was sentenced to six years and eight months in 2013 but died in prison before her sentence was finished.
Mugimba was Secretary General of the Coalition for the Defence of the Republic (CDR), an extremist Hutu political party, whereas Iyamuremye was the leader of the Interahamwe militia in Kicukiro Sector Kigali.
A senior member of the then ruling party The National Republican Movement for Democracy and Development (MRND), Mugenzi worked in the National Bank of Rwanda and operated a pharmacy in Kigali during the Genocide.
Mugenzi committed the crimes he is accused of mainly in Nyamirambo and Nyakabanda sectors of Kigali.
He has lived in the Netherlands since 2000 and at the time of his arrest he was serving as the president of unregistered political party FDU Ikingi which opposition politician Victiore Ingabire initially belonged to.
That horror was the culmination of decades of hatred between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority, instilled by Belgian settlers, who divided the population by labeling them along ethinic lines and favoring the latter to discriminate against the former