"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

10.08.2009

transitional justice

From the BBC [emphasis mine]:

One of the most wanted suspects in Rwanda's 1994 genocide has been arrested in Uganda.

Idelphonse Nizeyimana was an intelligence chief at the time of the genocide, in which about 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.

He has been extradited to Tanzania for trial at a UN-backed tribunal, accused of organising the killing of thousands - including the former Tutsi queen.

Rwanda welcomed the arrest but said he should be tried in his country.

...He was arrested in a modest hotel in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

Ugandan police said he had crossed the border from DR Congo last week, and was heading for Kenya with false travel documents.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, based in Arusha, Tanzania, said he would appear before the judges in the coming days.

The tribunal, which is due to finish its work by the end of next year, says it is still trying to find 11 fugitives. So far 40 people have been convicted of crimes connected with the genocide.

I'm glad to hear that Nizeyimana has finally been tracked down and arrested. There's a decent chance that he spent part of the last fifteen years wreaking havoc in the eastern Congo, and he deserves to face justice. But does anyone outside of Kigali think that Nizeyimana would get a fair trial in Rwanda? Sure, he probably doesn't deserve it and the ICTR is incredibly inefficient, but that's what separates the people who follow the rule of law from the genocidaires.

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