Released or acquitted

Exclusive – Rwanda: Niger expels former génocidaires

By Jeune Afrique

Premium badge Reserved for subscribers

Posted on December 30, 2021 16:13

A month and a half ago, in agreement with the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, Niger had agreed to accept eight Rwandan nationals convicted for their role in the 1994 genocide or acquitted by the ICTR. But a few days ago, a ministerial decree formalised their definitive expulsion from Niger.

These men are not nobodies. Some of them have left their names, written in blood, in the history of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsis between April and July 1994. While some were acquitted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), others, convicted for their participation in the genocide have since served their sentences.

In an order dated 27 December, which we were able to consult, Niger’s Minister of the Interior and Decentralization, Hamadou Adamou Souley, ordered their expulsion from the national territory within seven days of notification. The people targeted by this text are senior officials, civilian or military, of the regime that oversaw the genocide against the Tutsis.

Protais Zigiranyirazo, brother of Agathe Habyarimana – the widow of the president assassinated on 6 April 1994 – was sentenced by the ICTR to 20 years in prison in 2008 before being

There's more to this story

Get unlimited access to our exclusive journalism and features today. Our award-winning team of correspondents and editors report from over 54 African countries, from Cape Town to Cairo, from Abidjan to Abuja to Addis Ababa. Africa. Unlocked.

Subscribe Now

cancel anytime