A Scotland Yard probe into five Rwanda nationals who are suspects of crimes of 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. It says the process could take up to five years.
When Security Minister Ben Wallace revealed the timescale yesterday, MPs were shocked, The mirror broke the story
Ex-Labour minister Stephen Twigg said there needs to be a “greater urgency” adding “three to five years is too long.”
After Rwanda’s long-running bid to get the men returned failed it asked Britain to prosecute.
The Metropolitan police have sent officers to the East African country to get documents and said the probe would be “protracted”.
But ex-Tory cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell insisted: “In the interests of those facing these dreadful allegations, as well as for the reputation of British justice, we should surely expect these five to be on trial by the end of this year.”
The accused are Dr Vincent Brown, 59, Celestin Ugirashebuja, 66, Emmanuel Nteziryayo, Charles Munyaneza, 61 and Celestin Mutabaruka, 63. They all denied accusations.
Mr Mutabaruka, living in Kent, said “I’ve nothing to hide.”
Between 2006 and 2017 they were granted £2 million in legal aid. In 2017,The High Court blocked extradition over fears they would not get a fair trial in Rwanda.