French justice decided on Wednesday in favor of the transfer of Félicien Kabuga before a UN court. The businessman, who was considered the “financier” of the Rwanda genocide, was arrested near Paris on May 16.
The Paris Court of Appeals on Wednesday, June 3, approved the transfer of Rwandan businessman Félicien Kabuga, accused of being a “financier” of the Rwanda genocide, to the International Criminal Court (MTPI), the structure responsible for completing the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
“The court orders the surrender of Félicien Kabuga to the International Criminal Court (MTPI) mechanism,” said the Chamber of Investigation at the Paris Appeal Court, noting that his state of health was incompatible with his transfer.
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has five charges against Félicien Kabuga in the Rwanda genocide, which killed at least 800,000 people, Tutsis and moderate cabins, between April and July 1994. It is charged with genocide, genocide, direct and general urge to commit genocide, genocide attempt, conspiracy to commit genocide.
A deteriorating state of health
87-year-old Félicien Kabuga, who denies all the charges against him, was arrested near Paris on May 16 after 26 years on the run.
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The UN prosecutor has requested his transfer, but his lawyers believe that the octogenarian would not be subject to a fair trial by this court based in The Hague in the Netherlands and in Arusha in Tanzania and would risk death in prison because of a fragile health condition. .
Genocide in Rwanda: alleged financier Félicien Kabuga in the hands of international justice
The defense of the octogenarian, who wants him to be tried in France, can still appeal to the Cassation Court after this decision.
In a letter addressed to Serge Brammertz, prosecutor for ICTR, the defenders of Félicien Kabuga urge him to leave this act in the hands of French justice.
With AFP and Reuters