Rwanda and Malawi have recently signed Extradition Treaty. As a result, Vincent Murekezi is the 1st genocide convict to face extradition bid following the signed treaty, the State of Malawi has filed an application for his removal.
According to nyasatimes, a website in Lilongwe, The Principal Resident Magistrate’s Court last month dismissed the extradition case against Murekezi, citing inexistence of the bilateral treaty between Malawi and Rwanda and irregularities in the manner the State presented the case in court.
But following the signing of the Extradition Treaty, the State has applied to have Murekezi returned to Rwanda.
“We have made a fresh application for Murekezi extradition,” State advocate Steven Kayuni said. He said the State has regularised the process. Murekezi’s lawyer Wapoka Kita said he was not aware of the fresh application.
However, Murekezi is serving a five year jail after being convicted of corruption almost nine years after he was tried in absentia. He committed the crime in 2008 in collaboration with Komani Nyasulu, a Malawian national clearing agent.
The Murekezi’s extradition is next to Dr Nkusi, Leopord Munyakazi, Ladislas Ntaganzwa, Dr Leon Mugesera and others who are charged of crimes related to genocide.
Jean Baptiste Karegeya