Spain Requests Extradiction of Exiled Rwandan General Nyamwasa for Genocide.
In breaking news, the Spanish Justice Ministry said Spain has requested on Friday that South Africa extradite exiled Rwandan general, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, who it wants on charges including genocide and killing four Spaniards in Rwanda in the 1990s.
The Spanish High Court has charged Lieutenant-General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa with genocide and with the murder of a Spanish missionary in 1994 and three Spanish aid workers in 1997.
Nyamwasa fled to South Africa this year after falling out with Rwandan President Paul Kagame. An assassination attempt was made on his life in June this year, in what his wife called a Rwandan-backed assassination attempt. Lieutenant-General Nyamwasa accused Kagame’s government of using anti-corruption campaign to frame opponents. South African police arrested four people for the attack.
“He took part in systematic and planned attacks on the civilian population, in forced disappearances and crimes against international law, also, organizing and executing terrorist attacks,” a ministry statement said.
The general fought alongside Kagame to end the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. During and after that war he held a number of key positions, including army chief of staff and head of the country’s intelligence services.
Earlier in February, Spanish judge Fernando Andreu indicted 40 current or former Rwandan military officers for several counts of genocide and human rights abuses during the 1990s when several million Rwandans died or disappeared.
The judge issued international arrest warrants against the 40, including Gen. James Kabarebe, the chief of staff of Rwanda’s military, Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa, at the time, Rwanda’s ambassador to India and Lt. Col. Rugumya Gacinya, who was military attaches at Rwanda’s embassy in Washington.
Evidence of criminal activity was also found against Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame, but he was not among those indicted because he has immunity as head of state. Testimony against Kagame came from an informant who previously worked on Kagame’s security detail.
The indictments against the 40 were for “crimes of genocide, human rights abuses and terrorism,” during the 1990s in Rwanda, “when more than four million Rwandans were killed or disappeared under an extermination plan for ethnic and/or political reasons,” the 182 page indictment and two accompanying summary documents said.
Judge Fernando Andreu also named eight Spaniards who died or disappeared during the period in Rwanda. Their plight prompted his investigation at Spain’s National Court in Madrid, which previously has investigated human rights violations against Spaniards during past military regimes in Chile, Argentina and elsewhere.
Five of the Spanish victims were missionaries. The bodies of four of them were found in late 1996 after they were tortured, and shot or hacked to death with machetes, while a fifth is still missing. Three other Spaniards were shot to death in early 1997 while working for a non-profit medical group providing aid to Hutu refugees in Rwanda.
The majority of the victims Genocide the document said were Hutu Rwandan refugees and Congolese civilians.
Recently, a Report by The United Nations that accused Rwanda of wholesale war crimes, including possibly genocide, during years of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo was leaked ahead of publication to the press. The unprecedented 600-page Report, based on investigations by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights cataloged years of murder, rape and looting in a conflict in which millions were slaughtered.
The Report accuses the Tutsi-dominated Rwandan army of killing tens of thousands of ethnic Hutus – including women, children and the elderly over a period of seven years and two invasions – acts, it says, may amount to genocide.
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