Danish court rules to extradite Rwandan

Nov. 20, 2012 at 2:01 PM
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A Danish court has ruled in favor of extraditing a Rwandan man convicted in absentia of genocide in his home country.

The ruling by Roskilde City Court ruled the unidentified man who is accused of killing "many Tutsis" during the 1994 genocide that claimed 800,000 lives, will likely be appealed to Denmark's Supreme Court and possibly to a European human rights court after that, The Copenhagen Post said Tuesday.

Rwandan officials have been critical of the Danish court system and demanded the man, who Danish papers did not identify, be turned over immediately. In 2011, Danish judges ruled the man could not be tried on genocide charges but could stand trial in Denmark for murder. In April, the Supreme Court overruled those determinations and said the man could be tried in Danish courts for genocide.

Finally, in June, the Danish justice ministry sided with the Rwandan tribunal in favor of extradition, paving the way for Monday's decision.

The man, who is now a teacher, is accused of killing Tutsis at roadside checkpoints and luring a large group of them to Kabuye Hill, where they were told there would be shelter, only to be slaughtered, the government said.

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