Harare denies sheltering Rwandan genocide fugitive
Zimbabwe denied on Sunday that it harboured “most wished” Rwandan genocide-accused fugitive Protais Mpiranya, after the United Nations stated he died within the nation in 2006.
Needed for his position within the 1994 genocide, Mpiranya, presidential guard commander on the time of the massacres, died in Zimbabwe the place he fled years earlier, following pulmonary tuberculosis, UN prosecutors stated.
He was buried in a cemetery close to Harare below an alias, together with his household and associates fastidiously hiding his demise.
“The Authorities of Zimbabwe needs to make clear some latest media stories which are circulating insinuating that the Authorities was harbouring essentially the most wished Rwandese fugitive, Protais Mpiranya,” the federal government stated in an announcement.
“Opposite to a smear marketing campaign peddled by each worldwide mainstream media and social media in search of to painting Zimbabwe as aiding, abetting and hiding a fugitive, the federal government of Zimbabwe really assisted the UN Prosecutor within the identification of Mpiranya.”
It added that officers had cooperated with investigators in search of Mpiranya, organising a joint working group, serving to to finance the analysis, sharing investigative stories in addition to summaries of interviews with suspects.
“It was the Authorities of Zimbabwe that authorised and took part within the exhumation of Mpiranya’s stays when it was suspected that he was the one buried below a false identify, Ndume Sambao,” the assertion added.
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The federal government stated that Zimbabwe would by no means harbour criminals and welcomes the results of DNA samples taken from the fugitive which “closes a tragic chapter within the historical past of Rwanda and permits the nation to maneuver on”.
Mpiranya was indicted in 2000 by the Worldwide Prison Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on eight counts of genocide, complicity in genocide, homicide, extermination, rape, persecution, different inhuman acts constituting crimes towards humanity, and homicide.
He was accused of killing reasonable Hutu prime minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana, 10 Belgian peacekeepers charged with defending her and several other distinguished politicians, in addition to their households and servants.