Norway to extradite Rwanda genocidaire

A Norwegian court on Tuesday authorised the extradition of a man suspected of being involved in the Rwandan genocide two decades ago.

Norway to extradite Rwanda genocidaire
Eugene Nkuranyabahizi (centre). Photo: Rwandan Ministry of Justice
 Eugene Nkuranyabahizi, 41, was arrested in Norway in May last year but has lived in the country since 1999.
Rwanda, which formally asked for his extradition in August, wants him to stand trial over allegations that he took part in the 1994 genocide, in which 800,000 people were killed.
The former teacher is accused of having participated in massacres in the areas of Nkakwa and Cyahinda, where some 7,500 people died in April 1994.
The suspect, who has Burundian citizenship, denies all the charges and opposes his extradition.
The district court of Stavanger in southwest Norway ruled that despite "several different explanations and observations" the allegations in the extradition request were based on "reasonable grounds".
The court also judged that the suspect's rights would be respected in Rwanda and that he would be treated fairly by the country's legal system.
One of Nkuranyabahizi's lawyers said his client intended to appeal the ruling.
"We disagree both with the legal considerations and the evaluation of evidence that was examined," Brynjar Meling told Norwegian media. "The court certainly noted a number of deficiencies and inconsistencies in the testimonies, but did not draw the right conclusions," he said.
The extradition announcement comes as Rwanda holds a series of commemoration ceremonies to remember those who died, with thousands crowding into the national stadium in Kigali for a memorial service on Tuesday.
Last year Norway extradited Charles Bandora to Rwanda to stand trial for his alleged role in the genocide.
A court in Oslo also gave the highest possible prison sentence — 21 years — to another Rwandan, Sadi Bugingo, after he was found guilty of taking part in the slaughter of more than a thousand Tutsis in his home country.

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Rwandan man guilty of genocide: Norway court

A Norwegian court has convicted a Rwandan man of involvement in the killings of 2,000 people during the 1994 genocide in the central African country.

Rwandan man guilty of genocide: Norway court
Prosecutor Marit Bakkevig Photo: HÃ¥kon Mosvold Larsen / Scanpix

The court of appeal in Oslo found Sadi Bugingo, 49, guilty of nineteen out of twenty charges. Sentencing will take place in January.

“This case shows that Norway has the ability and the will to punish the most serious international crimes,” said state prosecutor Marit Bakkevig.

“There is a risk that people who have committed genocide or other serious crimes, seek residency in another country to avoid justice. To prevent people avoiding punishment, we as a state that follows the rule of law want to show that we can investigate and prosecute these cases under Norwegian law,” Bakkevig said.

Oslo district court sentenced Bugingo to 21 years in jail. This was the first time a Norwegian court convicted anyone of genocide. The court ruled that Bugingo had a leading role in two massacres.

The 49-year-old has maintained his innocence throughout.