IBUKA Condemns Early Release of Genocide Convicts

IBUKA President, Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu

The umbrella association for Genocide survivors, capsule Ibuka has condemned in the strongest terms the early release of two convicted Genocide masterminds, visit this Ferdinand Nahimana and Emmanuel Rukundo by the President of UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) Judge Theodor Meron.

The two convicts are incarcerated  in Mali where Nahimana, dosage a Genocide ideologue, is serving 30 years, while Rukundo, a Catholic priest, is serving a 23-year jail term.

IBUKA President, Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu said; “the release of key Genocide convicts Ferdinand Nahimana and Emmanuel Rukundo ?shows how callous and unfair the ICTR has been to survivors of the Genocide. Survivors had high hopes in this court, many cooperated with it, but we have not yet received the justice expected.”

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“Judges who release people like Nahimana and Rukundo, knowing very well what they did, are doing so deliberately and with suspicious motives that have nothing to do with justice.”

So far, ten genocide perpetrators convicted by the ICTR have since been granted early release by Judge Meron.

Ferdinand Nahimana is a former history professor and co-founder of hate-speech broadcaster Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM) the extremist radio station that exhorted the public to kill the Tutsi.?

First arrested in 1996, Nahimana was found guilty in December 2003, of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, incitement, persecution and extermination.

Emmanuel Rukundo, a former military chaplain, was arrested in 2001, before he was convicted of genocide, extermination and murder in February 2009.


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