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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rwanda police issue international arrest warrant for ex-officials
Cynthia Miley at 12:00 AM ET

On January 17, 2011, the Rwanda National Police Force issued an international arrest warrant for four former Rwandan government officials now living in the US and South Africa. The warrant included former Army Chief of Staff General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, former Ambassador to the US Theogene Rodasingwa, former Foreign Intelligence Chief Patrick Karegeya and former Prosecutor General Gerald Gahima — all of whom were former political allies of Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Rwanda's Military High Court originally summoned the men in November 2010 to stand trial on the charges. Prior to the issuance of the international warrant, the court found all four guilty in absentia of disturbing public order, threatening state security and other offenses, and handed down sentences ranging from 20 to 24 years in prison. The men have denied the allegations.

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Learn more about Rwanda and genocide from the JURIST news archives and read an analysis of jurisdiction, substance of applicable law and policy related to the cases from JURIST Guest Analyst Charles Kambanda in Annotations.

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