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Sweden rejects Rwandan genocide suspect release
Rwandan genocide suspect Sylvere Ahorugeze

Sweden rejects Rwandan genocide suspect release

Published: 04 Nov 2010 07:52 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Nov 2010 07:52 GMT+01:00

A Rwandan genocide suspect, who has been held in Sweden without trial since July 2008, is to remain in protective custody, the Swedish Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting his request for release.

"The Supreme Court ... confirms the lower court decision" that Sylvere Ahorugeze should remain in custody, the court said in its ruling.

The 54-year-old Rwandan is suspected of having been one of the leaders of the Hutu extremists involved in the genocide of around 800,000 people, mostly minority Tutsis, and stands accused of murdering 28 Tutsis in a suburb of Kigali on April 7, 1994.

He was arrested in July 2008 after being recognised at the Rwandan embassy

in Sweden while living as a refugee in neighbouring Denmark. Rwanda requested

his extradition a month later.

Sweden decided a year later to send Ahorugeze back to Rwanda, but suspended

the extradition following a request by the European Court of Human Rights, amid concerns over the central African nation's rights record and the independence of its judiciary.

In his appeal of the Stockholm district court's decision to keep him in custody, Ahorugeze demanded that proof be presented that he had already been found guilty in Rwanda of among other things plundering, and complained that his long incarceration without trial was excessive.

The Swedish Supreme Court said Wednesday it had turned down his request for

an oral hearing and said it had been informed the European rights court would

hear his complaint before the end of the year.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:16 November 4, 2010 by hpunlimited
Send him back to Rwanda, he has not committed any crimes in Sweden. It is a Rwandans problem and not Swedens problem. Sweden shouldn't house and baby Rwandan criminals on taxpayers expense!
14:26 November 4, 2010 by Sam1
Back to Rawandas authority now!!! damn murder
20:38 November 4, 2010 by tgolan
Even though the guy most likely is a war criminal the question is of principal importance!!!

It's very strange that one court in the EU , in this case a Danish court says there is case to answer abut a Swedish wants to send the guy to a certain death without any proof being presented... How many times can one be charged with the same crime, in the EU the are 27 member countries can one be forced to defend ones self 27 times?? Sweden complained when Prague sent a Swedish citizen to the USA even though in sweden there wqas a ruling not to extradite him, is there no EU law,
21:48 November 22, 2010 by Njal
Send him back.
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