Arusha, March 11, 2010 (FH) - Rwanda is still waiting an outcome of a draft  extradition treaty sent to South Africa a year ago, which is allegedly harbouring some Rwandans accused of 1994 genocide, reports Hirondelle Agency.

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"We are waiting for their response," said Spokesman of the National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA), Augustin Nkusi. "It is now a year since we sent it," he was quoted to have told the New Times of Rwanda.

One of the first such transfers is targeted at a  Rwandan fugitive couple, Dr Pierre Mugabo and his wife  Felicite Musanganire, who have been convicted of genocide in absentia by semi-traditional Gacaca court and sentenced to 30 and 25 years respectively for their roles in the bloody 100-day slaughter some 16 years ago.

The Rwandan couple are said to be working at the pharmacology department of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Mugabo was sentenced to 30 years by the Gacaca court of Ngoma Sector, Southern Province last year, while his wife was sentenced to 25 years in 2006 for genocide.

The South African hospital where the couple is working had earlier told The Guardian, a South African newspaper, that it will continue to engage them as they are not yet formally charged.


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