Rwanda suspect denies killings however ‘sorry’ over genocide By Reuters


© Reuters. Rwandan genocide suspect Fulgence Kayishema seems within the Cape City Magistrates courtroom, in Cape City, South Africa Could 26, 2023. REUTERS/Nic Bothma


By Wendell Roelf

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – One of many Rwanda genocide’s most wished remaining suspects, accused of ordering the loss of life of two,000 folks hiding in a church, denied on Friday any involvement although mentioned he was “sorry” for the 1994 killings.

On the run for 20 years, Fulgence Kayishema was arrested on Wednesday below a false identify on a grape farm in South Africa the place, based on a prosecutor, fellow refugees gave him up.

Coming into courtroom for a primary listening to with a bible and guide emblazoned with “Jesus first,” the 62-year-old was requested by a journalist if he had something to say to victims.

“What I can say? We’re sorry to listen to what was taking place,” he responded, developing from holding cells at Cape City Magistrates’ Courtroom.

“It was a warfare at the moment… I did not have any position.”

He was a fugitive from justice since 2001, when the Worldwide Prison Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) indicted him for genocide over his alleged position within the destruction of the Nyange Catholic Church in Kibuye Prefecture.

An estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates have been killed throughout Rwanda’s genocide, orchestrated by an extremist Hutu regime and meticulously executed by native officers and atypical residents within the rigidly hierarchical society.

On the Nyange church, Hutu militia lobbed grenades then doused it with gas to set it ablaze. When that failed, they knocked down the church with bulldozers and most of these sheltering inside died.


In line with a cost sheet seen by Reuters, Kayishema faces 5 prices in South Africa, together with two of fraud.

The fraud counts relate to purposes he made for asylum and refugee standing in South Africa, the place the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority (NPA) alleges he gave his nationality as Burundian and used a false identify.

Serge Brammertz, chief prosecutor of the Worldwide Residual Mechanism for Prison Tribunals (IRMCT), the successor to the ICTR, informed the BBC broadcaster that Kayishema fled Rwanda after the genocide and was hiding amongst refugees.

“First, he went to the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) for various months, then he went to a refugee camp in Tanzania. From there he moved to Mozambique. Then two years later to eSwatini after which within the late 90s he ended up in South Africa,” Brammertz mentioned.

The prosecution persuaded a small variety of former Rwandan troopers with false identities dwelling in South Africa as refugees to offer data on Kayishema’s whereabouts, he added.

Kayishema briefly appeared in courtroom on Friday accompanied by masked law enforcement officials with automated weapons and bullet-proof vests. The NPA mentioned the case was postponed to June 2 to permit it time for additional investigation.

“Whereas he was being arrested, extra data got here, which may imply us including extra prices,” NPA provincial spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila informed journalists.

Ntabazalila mentioned prosecutors would oppose bail ought to he search it.

Kayishema will probably be held at Cape City’s Pollsmoor Jail forward of extradition to Rwanda.

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