Deported Rwandans freed on return to Kigali

2015-12-31 13:37


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Kigali - Two Rwandans deported from Zambia to Kigali last week have been freed without charge, state prosectors told a newspaper on Thursday, dismissing reports that they had been brought home to face genocide charges.

The two are Egibe Rwasibo, who works as a medical officer at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka and businessman Innocent Habumugisha, who manages shops in Zambia.

"They don't have a genocide case that we know of... as of now, they are free men," said Faustin Nkusi, spokesperson for Rwanda's National Public Prosecution Authority. 

"They were deported for immigration reasons."

The men's lawyer said earlier that Zambian officials told one of the pair he was being deported because "he was involved in genocide and wanted back home".

Zambia's immigration department had confirmed their deportation but denied links to genocide, saying their presence in the country was "a danger to good order and peace".

Rwanda's 1994 genocide saw around 800 000 people - mostly members of the minority Tutsi community - slaughtered in a 100-days of violence, largely by ethnic Hutus.

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