Vincent Murekezi
Rwandan genocide suspect Vincent Murekezi

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Lilongwe Magistrate court has set January 16, this year as the date when extradition hearing for the Rwandan genocide suspect Vincent Murekezi.

The State has finally served the court with documents it received from Rwandan government on Murekezi, for being involved in 1994 of his country’s genocide.

This means that court has now provided with grounds for the state to prove that Murekezi is indeed wanted in his country as the latter is expected to prove his innocence on the matter.

Senior State advocates Steven Kayuni told The Maravi Post that all evidence against the suspect has been submitted.

Kauyuni said Murekezi will remain in police custody till next week until the court will decide on his remand status per defence counsel request.

He hinted that it was unlikely for the release of Murekezi on bail arguing that doing so will jeopardize the proceedings of the case.

“We have submitted the files to both the court and the defence lawyers today and the court has set 16 January as the date for hearing of the extradition. The suspect will remain in custody as releasing him this time will compromise the proceedings of the case”, Kayuni said.

Wapona Kita, a lawyer representing Murezi while confirming the received files worried with the pace of the case saying his client would not get a fair trial in Rwanda if extradited

Murekezi was arrested on December 8, 2016after Rwanda National Prosecution spokesman Nkusi Faustin confirmed that they have been asking Malawi for the extradition of Murekezi from 2009.

Later the state came again with fresh charges that the suspect absconded court appearance on corruption-related charges, jumped bail and sneaked out to Zimbabwe using a Malawi Passport in 2008

Last month, The Maravi Post exclusively made revelations to the public that the UN documents and files indicated that Vincent Murekezi who is suspected to have a hand in the mass killing of 500,000 to 900,000 Tutsi in Rwanda popularly known as Rwandan Genocide, is not on the wanted list of the UN notorious list of Rwanda Genocide suspect.

Further investigations revealed that Vincent is believed to be a victim of his former friends who used to do business with him and their business deals went sour, and since they have political connections in Rwanda decided to implicate him

Consequently, the concern citizens led by Philip Kamangira through the press conference on Thursday, in the capital Lilongwe have withdrawn the petition presented to Malawi Parliament two weeks ago that demanded the extradition of Murekezi.

The grouping withdrawal is based on misinformation gotten from the third party believed to be Murekezi’s business competitors saying they persecuted an innocent person.

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