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Malawi Court Invites Rwandan Prosecution to Vincent Murekezi Extradition Hearing #Kwibuka23

by Dan Ngabonziza
4:59 pm

Vincent Murekezi (handcuffed) is wanted in Rwanda for Genocide crime

A delegation from Rwandan Prosecution is scheduled to fly to Malawi capital Lilongwe and attend a sensitive trial involving a wealthy businessman Vincent Murekezi also wanted in Rwanda to answer for genocide crimes.

The Malawian court invited Rwanda to attend this hearing in capacity as ‘Amicus Curiae’ ( a person or group who is not a party to a lawsuit, but has a strong interest in the matter).

Speaking to KT Press on Saturday, Bosco Mutangana, Rwanda’s prosecutor general confirmed the invitation.

“Yes, they (Malawian court) invited us to attend the hearing. It is a court order and we are ready to attend,” Mutangana told KTPress.

However, Mutangana did not confirm to KTPress the dates in which the hearing has been set. “The court only invited us. We shall wait until they are done with the process.”

Earlier this year, the Lilongwe Principal Resident Magistrate Court had dismissed an extradition request by Rwanda, but rescinded its decision and restarted the extradition case hearing.

Malawi-based Online News site, Nyasa Times quoted Steven Kayuni, Senior Chief State Advocate as saying; “The court has set April 10th, 2017 to restart hearing the case.”

In December last year, Malawi authorities arrested Vincent Murekezi for evading justice using his heavy bank account. Court heard that Murekezi runs all his businesses by offering bribes and kickbacks to Malawi government officials.

Meanwhile, Rwandans are commemorating genocide against Tutsi #Kwibuka23 which started on April 7th.

In 1994, Murekezi together with Major Cyriaque Habyarabatuma who was commander of gendarmerie for Butare prefecture ferried Tutsis to Murekezi’s house.