THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A 87-year-old Rwandan genocide suspect being held in France is going to be sent briefly into a United Nations court in the Netherlands to get a medical evaluation amid concerns about his wellbeing along with also the coronavirus pandemic, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Félicien Kabuga, among the most wanted fugitives in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, was detained outside Paris in May after 25 years on the run.
Kabuga has denied participation in the genocide.
A court in Paris accepted Kabuga’s extradition to the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals at Arusha, Tanzania. However, his French attorney, citing worries which Kabuga could contract COVID-19 from Tanzania and other wellness problems, contended that the defendant should rather be delivered to the Hague detention unit of this mechanism.
The mechanics, which deals with cases staying from now-closed U.N. tribunals that resisted atrocities committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s along with the Rwandan genocide, has branches in The Hague and Arusha.
In a written judgment, mechanism gauge Iain Bonomy said that he reasoned based on clinical documentation that”move to the Hague branch of the Mechanism will present less danger to Kabuga than move to Arusha.”
At The Hague, Kabuga’s well-being is going to be evaluated to establish whether he’s fit enough to be flown at a subsequent date to Arusha to stand trial.
It wasn’t immediately clear when Kabuga will be moved to The Hague.