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Belgium Could Deport Former Rwandan Major After Failed Asylum

Belgium has denied asylum to Former Rwandan Major Found Guilty of Manslaughter in 2007 Over Killing of UN troops.

Major Bernard Ntuyahaga, former Ex-FAR soldier may be deported from Belgium to Rwanda after his asylum request has been rejected.

The Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons (CGRA) announced on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 that it rejected Ntuyahaga’s asylum application but he said he will appeal this decision.

Ntuyahaga was convicted by a Belgian court for the murders of ten United Nations peacekeepers (MINUAR) who protected Prime Minister Agathe Uwiringiyimana at the start of the Rwandan Genocide.

He was released in 2018 and went to seek asylum in Belgium where he is held in jail in Caricole Transit Center, Steenokkerzeel in Belgium since June 1st. Ntuyahaga’s asylum application has caused fury among many Belgians because the asylum seeker was convicted of murdering Belgian soldiers.

Ntuyahaga contended that when a court in Brussels sentenced him to 20 years in prison in 2007 for the murder of members of the armed forces of Belgium in Rwanda, he lost the chance for his safety as provided by the Geneva Convention in 1951.

Belgian media published that the 66 year-old fears that “if he comes back to Rwanda his life will be in danger”.

Towards the beginning of October 2018, family members and friend of the 10 UN troops killed in Rwanda on April 10th, 1994 complained about Ntuyahaga’s asylum request in a country he killed its citizens.

There are also reports that Ntuyahaga wants to go to Denmark where his wife and children live.

In June 1998, Ntuyahaga surrendered himself to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ITCR) in Arusha, Tanzania.

In September of that year, the ICTR issued an indictment charging him with: conspiracy to commit genocide; genocide or complicity in genocide; war crimes; and two counts of crimes against humanity to which he pleaded not guilty.

However, on 18 March 1999 the ICTR dropped its charges.

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