Paris, 29 October 2008 (FH) - The Appeals Court of Toulouse (Haute-Garonne, France) has rejected extradition request of a Rwandan national, Marcel Bivugabagabo, where he is wanted for his alleged participation in the 1994 genocide, reports Hirondelle Agency.

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Bivugabagabo, a former Lieutenant Colonel of the Rwandan army, arrested in January in Toulouse by virtue of an international arrest warrant issued by the Rwanda, was on the list of the 93 people most wanted by Rwanda for crimes of genocide. During the genocide, he had commanded military operations in Ruhengeri sector, northern Rwanda.

Arrested in France, he was released on 16 July by the Investigation Division of Appeals Court of Pau, seized by the Final Court of Appeal after the cancellation of a decision of the Appeal Court of Toulouse rejecting his release request. Before rendering a decision on the merits of the case, the Investigation Division of Appeal Court of Toulouse had asked Rwanda on 22 May to furnish it with necessary documents.

In addition, the Investigation Division of Appeals Court of Lyon was expected to come soon with a decision over extradition request of another Rwandan national wanted by Rwanda, Claver Kamana.

On 9 July, Appeals Court cancelled a favourable opinion to his extradition delivered in April by the Appeals Court of Chambery in Savoy.

Arrested in Annecy on 26 February by virtue of an international arrest warrant of Rwandan legal authorities, Kamana was released on 29 July.

He has been staying since at an ecclesiastical community of the Haute-Savoie.


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