No deportation of Rwanda war crimes suspect from Canada unless death penalty waived

[JURIST] Despite a Supreme Court of Canada [official website] order [text] that Rwandan Leon Mugesera [CTV profile] should be deported amidst accusations of inciting genocide [JURIST report] in his home country, Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler [official profile] said Friday that Mugesera will not be extradited unless Canada receives binding promises that he would not face the death penalty if convicted. Rwanda had indicated willingness to do so, but no formal proposal has yet been made. If Rwanda doesn't make the offer, Mugesera could appeal again to stay in Canada, which abolished the death penalty in 1976 [Amnesty International Canada backgrounder]. AP has more.

 

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