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Rwanda pleads with France

Dr Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu, the president of Ibuka, an umbrella of associations advocating for the interests of survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda has said Rwanda’s wish is to have all genocide suspects especially those in France extradited and tried in Rwanda.

He says our concerns on the trial of genocide suspects rotate around the language used in trying these cases in France. There is fear that the context and a clear description of how the crime was committed may be lost if the trial is conducted in a foreign language like french.

Simbikangwa, 54, is one of the genocide suspects being tried in France. Simbikangwa is believed to be one of the members of the ‘Akazu’ an inner group that conceptualised and oversaw the Genocide in Rwanda which orchestrated the death of over a million people.

Investigations into the role Simbikangwa played in the Genocide started in 2009, one year after he was arrested in Mayotte, a French island.

Simbikangwa was arrested following a complaint made by France-based rights group Collectif des Parties Civiles pour le Rwanda (CPCR), an association that pursues Genocide suspects living in France.

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