Arusha, May 31, 2013 (FH) – Reacting to allegations of racism from the African Union (AU), the International Criminal Court (ICC) reiterated its independence. Meanwhile British police arrested five Rwandans accused by Kigali of participating in the 1994 genocide.

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ICC/AFRICAICC reacts to African accusations: African heads of state on Monday called for the ICC to drop charges against the President and Vice-President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. The current chair of the African Union, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, accused the Court of waging “some kind of racial hunt” against Africans. In a reaction Wednesday, the ICC reiterated its independence and impartiality.

RWANDA/FRANCEParis grants Rwandan suspect provisional release: The Paris appeals court on Wednesday freed Innocent Musabyimana, a Rwandan wanted by Kigali for suspected involvement in the 1994 genocide, but kept him under judicial surveillance. The Rwandan extradition request is to be examined in substance on July 3.

RWANDA /NORWAYRwandan arrested in Norway: A Norwegian court on Thursday placed in provisional detention a Rwandan sought by judicial authorities in his country for suspected involvement in the 1994 genocide. Eugène Nkuranyabahizi is accused of participating in meetings that planned massacres in a commune in southern Rwanda in 1994.

RWANDA /UKFive Rwandans arrested in London: London police on Thursday arrested five Rwandans suspected of participating in the 1994 genocide. They include three former mayors, a doctor and an agronomist. The first four were previously arrested in 2006 but subsequently released.

ICTR /TRANSFERSMunyagishari’s last appeal rejected: Former Rwandan militiaman Bernard Munyagishari is expected to be transferred to Rwanda at any time to face justice in his own country. This comes after the Appeals Court of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Thursday rejected the suspect’s last appeal.

RWANDA/TANZANIAGenocide survivors accuse Kikwete: Several Rwandan associations this week accused Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete of denying the 1994 genocide, after he urged the Rwandan government to start talks with FDLR rebels. Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said her country could not negotiate with “genocide perpetrators”.