LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The state through Senior Assistant Chief State Advocate, Steven Kayuni on Tuesday failed to move the court with evidence on charges against Rwandan businessman Vincent Murekezi who is suspected to have a hand in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Murekezi was arrested on December 8, 2016 after 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.
He appeared before court on December 13 where his case hearing was supposed to start.
However senior assistant chief state advocate Steven Kayuni applied for the adjournment of the case saying the case involves international law hence need for the adjournment.
He said there was need to consult the Rwanda government and further asked for more 21 days to properly scrutinize the case.
Murekezi who is still on remand at Maula prison in the capital Lilongwe, was supposed to appear before court on Tuesday for the determination of his charges the state leveled against him following the expiry of the 21 days which the state applied for.
But the state failed to show up at the court to provide evidence, a development which has angered the defense counsel.
In an exclusive interview with The Maravi Post at the court premises, Wapona Kita, a lawyer representing Murekezi expressed sadness over the state’s conduct.
Kita said it was unlawful for state to fail to bring evidence against their client as the court remains unmoved with the case.
He added that the defence team will wait from the state while looking into other avenues to release his client from prison remand.
Lawyer Kita who has taken defence team leadership from Gift Katundu argued that it was wrong for the state to bring in the issue of 2008 corruption charges, court appearance and bail abscondment and warrant of arrest at the time the defence has not even applied for bail in the genocide case.
“Looking at the way the state arrested my client we thought today, they move the court with evidence that case should resume. But we are surprised that today the state failed to show up without giving any concrete reasons.
“We will still wait the state while adventuring other avenues for the release of our client from remand prison as 21 days have expired without evidence”, said Kita.
Efforts to get reaction from Chief State Advocate Kayuni who is currently handling the matter before it is committed to the court proved futile as his mobile phone was out of reach.
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 they decided to implicate him.
Consequently, the concerned citizens led by Philip Kamangira through the press conference on Thursday, in the capital Lilongwe had withdrawn the petition presented to Malawi Parliament some weeks ago that demanded the extradition of Murekezi.
The grouping withdrawal was based on misinformation gotten from the third party believed to be Murekezi’s business competitors saying they persecuted an innocent person.