By George Kalisa
African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has said today that the capture of genocide fugitive Félicien Kabuga aligns well with decision of the AU Peace and Security Council at its 836th meeting held April3 2019.
The Continental body called on AU member states and the international community to arrest, prosecute or extradite fugitives accused of genocide.
“The arrest is in line with decision of the AU Peace and Security Council at its 836th meeting held on 3rd April 2019, calling on all AU Member States and Members of the International Community to arrest, prosecute or extradite fugitives accused of genocide,” said Moussa Faki in the statement issued today.
Kabuga was arrested in France May16 after 23 years on the run from justice.
The AUC Chairperson said that Kabuga’s arrest is a milestone in the collective efforts to ensure that “such heinous crimes against humanity never happen again. The Chairperson implores the international community to redouble its efforts to fight the ideology of genocide, denialism and impunity”.
The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) indicted Kabuga in 1997 on seven counts of genocide: complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, attempt to commit genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, persecution and extermination, all in relation to crimes committed during the Genocide against the Tutsi.
Over one million Tutsi were killed during the 100 days of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and left Rwanda’s economy shattered.
Moussa Faki said that the AU “welcomes the news of the landmark arrest of Félicien Kabuga, considered to be the financier of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994”.
“This clarion call was reaffirmed by the Resolution 74/273 of the United Nations General Assembly during its 74th Session on 20 April 2020 in which UN Member States are urged to investigate, arrest, prosecute or extradite all remaining genocide fugitives,” added the statement.
Mousa Faki has taken to the occasion to encourage the continuation of collective efforts and cooperation of all AU member States and the international community for the arrest of the remaining fugitives that are still at large. Let us ensure justice is served for the victims and survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda