A 50-year-old Hutu Rwandan, who has lived in Denmark since 2001, has lost his appeal against a Justice Ministry decision to deport him to Rwanda to face genocide charges,.
The Roskilde Municipal Court said that the Justice Ministry decision, which was taken following an investigation of conditions in Rwanda, should stand.
In Rwanda, the man, who is a teacher of profession, is charged with having given the order in 1994 to kill a large number of Tutsi Rwandans. As the organiser of a youth militia, he is alleged to have told the young men to kill Tutsis wherever they found them, the indictment says.
In Rwanda, the Kigali prosecutor is said to have put the 50-year-old in his top category of criminals as he is said to have had a leading role in the genocide.
The man himself denies the charges and says they are the result of his political affiliations. He has said that he fears for his life if he is sent back to Rwanda.
“The (Justice Ministry) picture of conditions (in Rwanda) do not tally with reality,” Defence Counsel Bjørn Elmquist says, and has called for the ministry’s decision to be quashed.
“A lot of people disappear without a trace in Rwanda without the authorities doing anything,” he adds, referring to a report by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
Both the Rwandan and Danish authorities believe the 50-year-old teacher has been responsible for deaths in Rwanda.
A Danish indictment handed to the Roskilde Court alleges, among other things, that the man threw a hand grenade into a group of people fleeing the area, and that he used a machete and spear to kill Tutsis.
In his initial remand hearing in December 2010, the prosecution alleged the man had taken part in Tutsi killings in 1994.
“The accused took part in the killings from April 18 to the end of May by heading or having responsibility for two road blacks,” the prosecutor says adding; “Many Tutsis were killed here on the orders of the accused”.
The charges also relate to events that took place in and around Kabuye Hill in Gisagara Parish in which some 25,000 people are said to have been massacred by Hutu Interahamwe militiamen after being sent to the area by government troops.
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Edited by Julian Isherwood