Rwanda won't extradite DRC rebels

2013-08-08 18:41
M23 rebels (File: AFP)

M23 rebels (File: AFP)

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Kigali - Rwanda says it will not immediately extradite four wanted rebel leaders to the Democratic Republic of Congo amid accusations the rebels are linked to the Rwandan government.

DRC issued arrest warrants on 26 July for the rebels for crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and other offenses. They include former M23 rebel leader Jean-Marie Runiga and military commanders Baudouin Ngaruye, Eric Badege and Innocent Zimurinda. The UN said Ngaruye and Zimurinda may be responsible for war crimes.

Rwanda's Minister of Foreign Affairs Louis Mushikiwabo said on Thursday the Rwandan government must follow a legal process, and it has asked DRC’s government to send legal documents that Rwanda can examine before considering extradition.

M23 formed in eastern DRC last year. The UN says Rwanda is still backing the rebels, but the government denies the accusation.

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