Prosecutor General JB Muntagana had a meeting today with the UN Chief Prosecutor for the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, Dr. Serge Brammertz.
The meeting came after a Security Council briefing, and it focused on strengthening the existing mutual cooperation in criminal matters between the Rwandan National Public Prosecution Authority and the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.
The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT or Mechanism), is an international court established by the United Nations Security Council to perform the remaining functions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) following the completion of the tribunal’s mandates.
The Government of Rwanda has had issues with the IRMCT concerning the early release of convicted masterminds of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
An Example is Ferdinand Nahimana released from prison in 2016 before he completed his 30-year sentence.
Nahimana was one of the architects of the genocide ideology on which the extermination campaign was based.
In fact, the Trial Chamber judges found him to be the mastermind of RTLM hate radio.
But more recently Rwanda has been working with the MICT to track and bring to justice the remaining fugitive genocidaire.
Out of the eight, only three – the so-called Big Fish – remain under the jurisdiction of the Mechanism should they be arrested.
They are Augustin Bizimana, Félicien Kabuga and Protais Mpiranya.
Five other cases; Fulgence Kayishema, Charles Sikubwabo, Aloys Ndimbati, Charles Ryandikayo and Phénéas Munyarugarama, were referred to Rwanda as the tribunal wound up its activities.
Asked about the meeting Prosecutor General Muntagana revealed, ”After the security Council briefing, Serge Brammertz came to check on me and other authorities to share developments and seek cooperation in his endeavors to bring to justice the remaining fugitives indicted by the MICT, its a continuation of our previous engagements on tracking genocide fugitives.”