The Rwandan Government has sent to Malawi what it claims to be evidence of alleged crimes committed by Vincent Murekezi, a Rwandan genocide suspect in Malawi custody amid an on-going court battle for his extradition.
According to senior State advocate Steven Kayuni, the evidence will aid the State’s case in court.
“The evidence arrived this week through Foreign Affairs Ministry and was quickly transmitted for urgent attention to the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions,” said Kayuni.
Asked whether the withdrawal of the petition by some CSOs to demonstrate that the State could have erred in the arrest of the suspect, Kayuni cast doubt on such possibility based on the weight of the evidence.
As reported by our sister newspaper The Nation, Rwanda government has been seeking extradition of Murekezi from as early as 2009, but controversy reigns over how the Rwandan, who was found guilty of crimes related to the 1994 genocide and subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment, has been allowed to live in Malawi freely for many years.
Reports also suggest that Murekezi has been able not only to acquire business licences, but also to secure Malawian citizenship with a passport.But following his arrest over the extradition matter, Malawi government has added a charge of jumping bail when he was arrested for alleged corruption.
Civil society groups, which initially supported his extradition, this week walked away from their previous petitions during a press conference held in Lilongwe.They claimed that while they want Murekezi to defend himself in court, they doubt the basis of their own allegations following investigations.
The development comes as a civil society group that lobbied Parliament to probe Murekezi’s alleged links to genocide withdrew controversially its petition to the National Assembly on the matter.
Meanwhile, Murekezi, who is contesting an extradition order, remains in custody until January 2017.n