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US extradites Rwanda woman over genocide

2011-12-22 16:16

Kigali - US officials extradited a Rwandan woman convicted in absentia by a court in her country for her role in the 1994 genocide, an official said on Thursday.

Marie-Claire Mukeshimana was brought to Kigali late on Wednesday. She was sentenced in 2009 to 19 years in prison for complicity in the killing of several children who had sought refuge at convent in southern Rwanda.

Rwanda's chief prosecutor Martin Ngoga welcomed the extradition.

"But we have a number of more identified persons who stand accused of genocide committed in the most brutal manner and claiming so many lives, who remain on US territory," he said.

"We have a strong feeling that action against them is very slow."

An estimated 800 000 people, mostly minority Tutsis, were killed in the genocide.

Mukeshimana, 43, lived in the US city of Detroit after fleeing Rwanda.

She is the second genocide convict to be returned to Kigali this year by US authorities, who in January extradited a man convicted over the genocide.

Comments
  • Bob - 2011-12-22 16:55

    Cool beans....Rather hang the bitch...!

  • mholthuysen - 2011-12-22 17:03

    I have just been to Rwanda again - and what an amazing country this is. Safe, clean, non-corrupt - with incredibly friendly and amazing people. Sometimes it stuns me that a country that has suffered so much can make such a turn around in reconciliation and to bring the country into the 21st century. Amazing if one compares SA with Rwanda; 1994; genocide in Rwanda - 1st Democratic Election in SA - in 17 years Rwanda has changed its entire society to the better; here in South Africa we are still talking about it. I suggest Zuma, Malema and Co - fly to Kigali and learn from your African counterparts how it is done! If a country where a million people were thrown butchered in the street can do it - so can we! (If one just wants to of course...)

      Alan - 2011-12-23 09:13

      Atheitis, you're pretty clued up but you can talk a lot of crap. You must be pretty disappointed that you haven't received any responses except this, but I have no doubt that you will continue to try provoke people.

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