GENOCIDE : Rwanda Appeals to Netherlands to Extradite Genocide Suspect

Rwanda's National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) on Monday appealed to the Dutch government to try or extradition Charles Ndereyehe Ntahontuye, a Rwandan national accused of participating in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Source CNLG





"Due to lack of judgment, Dutch justice should extradite Ndereyehe to Rwanda," the commission said in a statement issued by its executive secretary, Jean-Damascene Bizimana.
Ntahontuye, along with extremist intellectuals, is accused of creating and leading a criminal group which sensitized students to prepare for genocide in university campuses in two districts in 1992, said the anti-genocide commission.
He was the founder the National Republican Movement for Democracy and Development (MRND), the ruling party during the genocide, said the commission.
In 1992, Ntahontuye left the MRND and contributed to the creation of a radical Hutu party, the Coalition for the Defense of the Republic (CDR), whose role in the genocide committed against the Tutsi in 1994 is crucial, it said.
On Nov. 5, 2008, Ndereyehe was convicted in absentia and sentenced to life imprisonment for a genocide tragedy at a trial by the Gacaca court, a Rwandan traditional mechanism introduced to process criminal cases following the 1994 genocide, according to CNLG.
Ndereyehe currently lives in the Netherlands where he denies the genocide against the Tutsi, preaches genocide denial and attacks the memory of this genocide by calling it a "business fund," the commission said.
The commission also accuses Ndereyehe of coordinating the activities of other extremist groups of radical Rwandan exiles.