Rwandan genocide suspect arrested in Malawi

Malawi Police Service arrested a Rwandan national, Vincent Murekezi, allegedly wanted by Rwandan government for the 1994 genocide, police have confirmed.

According to Malawi Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera, Murekezi was arrested in Malawi capital Lilongwe upon the directive of the country’s highest public prosecution office.

“It’s true that we have arrested Murekezi today,” Kadadzera told the state-run Malawi News Agency.

“We received communication from the Rwandan government that Murekezi was wanted in connection to the 1994 genocide and we referred the matter the Director of Public Prosecution who ordered his arrest,” Kadadzera said.

Murekezi’s cover was blown recently by the Malawi media which questioned the authenticity of his origin after the details of his Malawian passport contradicted that of his Rwandan passport.

Since the local media blew Murekezi’s cover, local civil society organizations have been putting Malawi government under pressure to have the suspect arrested and sent back to Rwanda for trial.

Malawi hosts close to 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers at Dzaleka Camp in the Central Region district of Dowa.

The majority population at the Camp are Rwandese, and Brundi followed by other displaced people from the Great Lakes countries.

 

Xinhua/ Zainab Sa’id