UK Police start investigation of five Rwandan suspects of genocide against Tutsi

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Five people living in the UK are being investigated by police after a referral from Rwanda over being suspects of 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, Sky news has learnt

The suspects according to The Daily Mirror are,  Celestin Mutabaruka, 63, from Kent; Vincent Brown, also known as Vincent Bajinya, 59, from Islington, north London; Celestin Ugirashebuja, 66, from Essex; Charles Munyaneza, 61, from Bedford; and Emmanuel Nteziryayo, from Manchester.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman confirmed the force’s war crimes unit, part of the counter-terrorism command, received a referral from Rwandan authorities in January 2018.

Sky News reports it related to five individuals in the UK and allegations of genocide offences in Rwanda dating from around 1994, she said in a statement.

“Relevant documentation to this was assessed by the war crimes unit and officers were also deployed to Rwanda as part of our initial work to scope the allegations,” the spokeswoman added.

“As a result, we have subsequently commenced an investigation which will initially involve a review of all the documentation transferred from Rwanda.

“Given the complexities involved, this is expected to be a protracted and lengthy process. Inquiries continue.”

All five deny the allegations against them and involvement in the genocide against the Tutsi 25 years ago.

In July 2017 five men with the same names, had an extradition bid to have them returned to Rwanda blocked by the UK High Court.

At the time judges agreed there was a real risk they would be denied a fair trial if they were returned.

 

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