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Rwandan Genocide Tribunal Complains Zimbabwe Uncooperative on Fugitive

  • Ntungamili Nkomo

Gacaca Tribunal Justice Hassan Jallow says the former Rwandan presidential guard commander Protais Mpiranya is hiding somewhere in Zimbabwe but Harare has not cooperated in his extradition

Rwanda’s tribunal on the 1994 genocide in the Central African country has complained to the United Nations Security Council alleging a lack of cooperation from the Zimbabwean government in pursuing a fugitive believed to be hiding in Zimbabwe.

Gacaca Tribunal Justice Hassan Jallow says the former Rwandan presidential guard commander Protais Mpiranya is hiding somewhere in the southern African country but the Harare government has not taken action on Rwanda’s request for his extradition.

The 1994 genocide left more than 800,000 people from the Tutsi ethnic group dead, and Mpiranya is one of the top suspects still being sought for prosecution.

The Zimbabwean government and police have denied Mpiranya is in Zimbabwe. But sources say he enjoys ties with the military and may be enjoying their protection.

Political analyst Effie Dlela Ncube told reporter Ntungamili Nkomo he believes Mpiranya is in Zimbabwe, saying he should be extradited to face justice in his own country.

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