Rwanda National Prosecution spokesperson, Faustin Nkusi
Pheneas Nzaramba is the third Genocide fugitive to be revealed by the National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) as living in far-flung New Zealand.
The prosecutors are not sure if the suspect has assumed another name to evade arrest or whether he has not relocated but National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) spokesperson Faustin Nkusi told The New Times yesterday that they sent his indictment to New Zealand.
Nkusi said: “By the time we sent the indictment, he was there [in New Zealand]. But these people keep on changing their address, The New Times reports.
“Pheneas Nzaramba is charged with genocide and extermination as crime against humanity. The information gathered reveals that his participation in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was specifically in Nyakizu.”
Nyakizu is in the former Butare Prefecture, present Huye District.
Last year, Nkusi said three Genocide fugitives, including Eugene Uwimana, a former lecturer at the National University of Rwanda (now the Univeristy of Rwanda), whose indictment was sent in 2004, and Enock Ruhigira, whose indictment was sent in 2007, were believed to be hiding in New Zealand.
At the time, The Dominion Post, a Wellington-based newspaper, reported that one of the suspects was trying to secure confidentiality for witnesses in his defence. Soon after, on July 20, 2016, authorities in Germany arrested Ruhigira as he landed at Frankfurt airport.
Kigali followed up and sent an indictment for Ruhigira to Germany. He is currently under house arrest as the possibility for extradition is considered. Ruhigira, 65, reportedly worked in the Office of the President as the director of cabinet during the Genocide.
Sources say during the Genocide, Nzaramba worked as an accountant for the Union of Baptiste Churches of Rwanda at a place called Nyatanga, in the Nyakizu Parish.
He is alleged to have personally participated in massacres, burning victims’ houses and raping women.
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