Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Swedish Supreme Court Releases Sylvère Ahorugeze

In 2006, Kigali indicated that at least 15 Rwandan genocide suspects were living in Denmark.
Sylvère Ahorugeze, a Rwandan national and former director of the Rwandan Civil Aviation Authority and of Kigali international airport, has legally resided in Denmark since the end of the genocide. Under an Interpol arrest warrant, the Rwandan government accused Ahorugeze of war crimes and genocide.

In the absence of an extradition agreement between Rwanda and Denmark, Ahorugeze was arrested in September 2006 under Danish law which allows for the prosecution of genocide suspects resident in Denmark, charged with killing Tutsi civilians. After nearly a year in custody, Ahorugeze was released and awarded damages when a Danish prosecutor dropped the case due to lack of evidence.

However, Sylvère Ahorugeze was arrested again in 2008:
"On 16 July 2008, Ahorugeze was arrested in Stockholm after visiting the Rwandan embassy in Sweden. A Swedish court subsequently ordered him to remain in custody pending a request for extradition by Rwanda on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity."

On july 25 2008 the US government stated in a press release:

"The United States welcomes the July 16 arrest in Stockholm of Sylvere Ahorugeze, indicted by the Government of Rwanda for genocide and would welcome further steps to bring Ahorugeze to justice that are consistent with Swedish law.

The arrest of Ahorugeze follows the July 7 arrest of Callixte Mbarusimana in Frankfurt, also indicted by the Government of Rwanda for genocide.

The arrests of Sylvere Ahotugeze and Callixte Mbarusimana send a powerful signal that there is no refuge for the perpetrators of crimes against humanity."
Apparently Washington "knew" that Sylbere Ahotugeze was guilty. Fits perfectly in the State Department's interference with justice in the great lakes region in the spanish genocide case against Paul Kagame around that same time.

Editions source du nile wrote july 19th 2009:
"Swedish government decided last week that Ahorugeze, a 53-year-old former director of Rwanda's civil aviation authority, would be extradited within 45 days."
Georgetown security brief wrote july 10 2009:
Sweden will become the first European Union nation to extradite a Rwandan, Sylvere Ahorugeze, who headed the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, to his native country so that he can stand trial for his alleged role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide
According to Radio Netherlands Worldwide Sweden suspended the extradition following a request by the European Court of Human Rights, amid concerns over the central African nation's rights record and the independence of its judiciary.

Gregory Gordon of Opinion Juris wrote july 23 2009 that the extradition was suspeneded because:
"Ahorugeze promptly filed a petition with the European Court of Human Rights, which has granted provisional measures asking Sweden not to extradite him “until further notice.”

July 16 200 Cecilia Riddselius, the Swedish justice ministry official in charge of the case, told AFP:
"The Swedish government considers that this decision of the court will be respected," she added."

However, Sylvère Ahorugeze has been released, his lawyer Hans Wide Berg stated today:
"He is sitting in my office now and will probably travel home to his family in Denmark today, said his lawyer, Hans Wide Berg."
Ahorugeze suspects he has been the victim of a revenge plot because as ormer Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Rwanda he has knowledge implicating Paul Kagame in the shooting of the plane of former Rwanda President Juvenal Habyarimana.

A kangaroo court has already sold Ahorugezes house in Rwanda, and a portion of the money has gone to the man who should be the main witness in the case of the killing of 25 Tutsis.

The 2010 Amnesty International Rwanda report mentions Sylvère Ahorugeze:

"Judicial proceedings against genocide suspects took place in many countries including Belgium, Canada, Finland and the USA. Extradition hearings against genocide suspects continued in Finland, Sweden and the UK. No country extradited genocide suspects to Rwanda for trial.

The Rwandan government reported that it had over 500 genocide suspects under investigation around the world. It also stated that some African countries had not co-operated with its investigations.

No country extradited genocide suspects to Rwanda."

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