Bucyibaruta, Laurent (ICTR)

Laurent Bucyibaruta, former préfet of Gikongoro, was arrested in France in 2007 after genocide survivors had filed complaints with the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris in January 2000, with the assistance of the International Federation of Human Rights and the League of Human Rights. After initially being questioned and detained by the relevant French authorities, then released from detention by magistrate order in December 2000, Bucyibaruta was arrested upon the issuance of an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on 20 July 2007.

Under a modified Indictment from the ICTR, dated 16 June 2005, Bucyibaruta is charged by way of his individual and superior responsibility with genocide or complicity in the alternative, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, and three counts of crimes against humanity (extermination, murder and rape). After his arrest along with fellow indictee and genocide suspect, Wenceslas Munyeshyaka, Rwanda filed a request for the extradition of Bucyibaruta on 24 July 2007. Nevertheless, on 12 June 2007 and in accordance with the Completion Strategy of the Tribunal, the Prosecutor at the ICTR had filed a Motion under Rule 11bis for the referral of the case to the French authorities. On 1 August 2007, the Paris Court of Appeal refused to execute the arrest warrant issued by the ICTR and ordered Bucyibaruta’s immediate release. On 13 August 2007, the ICTR issued a second arrest warrant calling for the transfer of Bucyibaruta awaiting the decision of the Trial Chamber on the Rule 11bis Motion. Bucyibaruta was again arrested on 5 September 2007 and placed under judicial control. On 20 November 2007, the transfer of Bucyibaruta’s case to the French authorities was granted by the ICTR.

On 20 February 2008, the French judiciary agreed to try the case, but according to reports in February 2009, little progress had been made to commence proceedings.

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