FINLAND REFUSES TO EXTRADITE RWANDAN GENOCIDE SUSPECT


Finland will not extradite a genocide suspect to Rwanda because it fears he will not get a fair trial, the government said on Friday.

Rwandan authorities had requested that Francois Bazaramba, a former pastor at a Baptist church in Rwanda, be extradited to face charges for his alleged role in the planning and carrying out the 1994 genocide. During 100 days of slaughter in Rwanda in 1994, 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.

Bazaramba has been in detention in Finland since April 2007.Finland and Rwandan authorities recently finalised a joint investigation into Bazaramba’s role in the genocide and a Finnish prosecutor is now considering pressing charges. If he is charged, the trial will be held in Finland, the government said in a statement.

SOURCED FROM REUTERS

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