The umbrella body for Genocide survivors’ associations (IBUKA) condemns in the strongest terms the early release of two convicted Genocide masterminds Ferdinand Nahimana and Emmanuel Rukundo by the President of UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) Judge Theodor Meron.
Both convicts are incarcerated in Mali where Nahimana, a Genocide ideologue, is serving 30 years, while Rukundo, a Catholic priest, is serving a 23-year jail term.
“The release of key Genocide convicts Ferdinand Nahimana and Emmanuel Rukundo shows how callous and unfair the ICTR has been fair to survivors of the Genocide. Survivors had high hopes of this court, many cooperated with it, but we have not yet received the justice expected.” Said Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu.
Judges who release people like Nahimana and Rukundo, knowing very well what they did, are doing so deliberately and with suspicious motives that have nothing to do with justice.”
So far, ten genocide perpetrators convicted by the ICTR have since been granted early release by Judge Meron.
Ferdinand Nahimana is a former history professor and co-founder of hate-speech broadcaster Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM) the extremist radio station that exhorted the public to kill the Tutsi. First arrested in 1996, Nahimana was found guilty in December 2003, of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, incitement, persecution and extermination.
Emmanuel Rukundo, a former military chaplain, was arrested in 2001, before he was convicted of genocide, extermination and murder in February 2009.
Prof Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu, Ibuka President