Genocide fugitives

Netherlands: Extradition of a genocide suspect confirmed

Iyamuremye Jean Claude

Photo/umwezi: Iyamuremye Jean claude

The Netherlands is allowed to extradite a Rwandan Genocide suspect, the Dutch Supreme Court determined on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old man, Jean-Claude Iyamuremye, was held for extradition in October last year.

In December last year the court already made the same decision.

The statements are remarkable, because the Netherlands has no extradition treaty with Rwanda. For the first time the Netherlands extradites someone to the African country.

The suspect believed he would not get a fair trial in Rwanda and therefore went to court. However, the Supreme Court did not agree and stated that he could find a professional lawyer in Rwanda.

Iyamuremye, who lived in Voorburg, had been in custody since July 9 last year after being arrested by the Dutch police.

The Rwandan government had requested for his arrest, because he is suspected of Genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, in which more than one million people were killed.

As a leader of the Interahamwe militia Iyamuremye allegedly participated in attacks on Tutsi.

In 2011 the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) revoked the residence permit of Iyamuremye due to serious suspicions of involvement in the massacre of Tutsi.

His appeal against the revocation was dismissed in March 2013 by the court.

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