(Xinhua) -- Survivors of the Rwandan
genocide under their umbrella association IBUKA have appealed to
the British government to speed up extradition of five genocide
suspects to Rwanda.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday,
Jean-Pierre Dusingizemungu, president of Ibuka, urged Britain to
quicken extradition of five Rwandans suspected of participating
in the 1994 genocide, which claimed close to 1 million lives in
Last year, the High Court in London commenced an appeal
hearing in the case concerning extradition of the five suspects:
Vincent Bajinya, a medical doctor, Celestin Mutabaruka, a former
pastor, and three former mayors Celestin Ugirashebuja, Charles
Munyaneza and Emmanuel Nteziryayo.
The recent appeal hearing was to decide whether to uphold an
earlier judgment that the accused would not receive a fair trial
if being extradited to Rwanda.
All five suspects were separately arrested in 2013 in Britain
following an extradition request from Rwanda National Public
Prosecution Authority (NPPA).
"Rwandan courts are competent enough to try genocide
"We call upon the UK government to listen to our pleas, and
extradite these fugitives to Rwanda to face justice.
"We have seen genocide suspects extradited or deported to our
country, and their cases have been fairly tried," Dusingizemungu
He added that genocide survivors and victims are longing for
justice, and it would be unfair and mockery to them if genocide
perpetrators continue eluding punishment in foreign countries.
In 2015, Britain’s Westminster Magistrate’s Court rejected
Rwanda’s appeal to extradite the suspects, saying there was a
risk they would not get a fair trial in Rwanda.
The small central African country maintains its courts and
justice system have grown to become competent enough to provide
fair trials after years of reforms .
Johnston Busingye, Rwanda’s minister of justice, has said the
British justice system will go down in history either as
knowingly providing a safe haven for genocide masterminds or
bringing them to trial.
The five men allegedly participated in the planning and
implementation of the genocide, according to Rwanda prosecution.
So far, 12 fugitives accused of committing genocide have been
extradited or deported from Uganda, DR Congo, Canada, the United
States, Netherlands and ICTR to Rwanda.
The top fugitives who have eluded justice for nearly two
decades now include Felicien Kabuga, the alleged chief financier
of the genocide; Protais Mpiranya, the former commandant of the
notorious Presidential Guards, and former defence minister