Denmark extradites suspect to Rwanda to face genocide charges
Kigali, Dec. 12, 2018 (AltAfrica)-A Rwandan teacher accused of participating in the country’s 1994 genocide has arrived home to face charges after his extradition from Denmark.
Prosecution spokesman Justin Nkusi confirmed the arrival Tuesday of 50-year-old Wenceslas Twagirayezu and said he is considered a key perpetrator of the genocide that killed over 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus.
A Danish court in September ruled that the Danish citizen could be extradited on suspicion of taking part in a massacre in a church and at a university where more than 1,000 people were killed.
Prosecution charges that the suspect participated in the mass killing and extermination of Tutsi, where together with others attacked various places of former Rwerere Commune in the current Rubavu District, killing thousands.
Among others, he commanded attacks on Busasamana Catholic Parish where more than 3,000 Tutsi had sought refuge and over 1,000 were murdered here, according to prosecution.
“The National Public Prosecution Authority of Rwanda is prepared and ready to bring to Justice Twagirayezu Wenceslas before the specialized International Crimes Chamber of the High Court and guarantee that human rights in criminal proceedings will be fully observed in view of a fair trial,” the statement reads in part.
Prosecution also thanked the judicial authorities of Denmark and other relevant authorities for the facilitation of this extradition.
This is the second Rwandan to be extradited from the Nordic country; the first one being Emmanuel Mbarushimana, who was extradited in 2014.
Who is Twagirayezu?
Twagirayezu arrived in Denmark in 2001.
It is said that Twagirayezu, who has been running an organisation in Denmark known as Dutabarane Foundation, was once a teacher at Majambere Primary School in Busasamana Sector of the present Rubavu District.
He was well known in the former communes of Rubavu, Mutura and Rwerere in the current Western Province. He openly carried a gun during the Genocide, according to witness testimonies.
According to prosecution, the suspect was the president of the extremist party, CDR, in the former Gacurabwenge Sector in the current Rubavu District, and was a known militia leader in the area during the Genocide against the Tutsi.
CDR was composed of the most virulent members of the extremist political outfits that played a major role in the Genocide.
Twagirayezu maintains he is innocent and has said that “if I’m being extradited, I will accept that my time to die has come.”
He is the second suspect extradited by Denmark, following Emmanuel Mbarushimana, who was sentenced to life in prison.