Genocide: Malawi arrests Rwandan genocide suspect

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 Rwandan genocide suspect obtains Malawi passport, freely enjoying his life in Lilongwe

Blantyre (dpa) – Malawian police have arrested a Rwandan businessman who was convicted in his country of involvement in the 1994 genocide, police said Friday.

Vincent Murekezi is being held at a prison in the capital Lilongwe after his arrest on Thursday, police spokesman James Kadadzera said.

Murekezi was convicted in absentia of involvement in the genocide of about 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus by Hutu extremists and sentenced to life imprisonment, according to local media reports.

Rwanda has sought his extradition since 2009. It is not known why Malawi did not arrest him earlier, though some social media commentators have claimed that bribes were paid by the man, who has also been granted Malawian nationality.

« We have submitted his file in the hands of Malawi’s top prosecutor to process his extradition to Rwanda, » Kadadzera said.

Murekezi may challenge the extradition proceedings in court, but « with the ample evidence we have, » the extradition is likely to go ahead, Malawi’s Director of Public Prosecutions Mary Kachale said.

The sources did not give details of the crimes Murekezi had been found guilty of.

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