Rwanda Asks U.N. Tribunal to Block Early Release of Three Genocide Convicts

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Rwanda petitioned Arusha-based UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) challenging a request by three prisoners convicted of genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to be released on parole.

Rwanda is asking MICT judge Theodor Meron to block the planned early release of prisoners; Aloys Simba, Dominique Ntawukulilyayo and Hassan Ngeze.

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The trio’s application for early release was filed on May 22.

The government cited several reasons why the trio does not deserve early release.

“These prisoners stand convicted of genocide crimes that offend all standards of humanity, morality and decency. Their victims and survivors are in millions, and the harm they inflicted on Rwanda and Rwandans continues almost 25 years later,” read the petition.

The government in its petition contended that the three prisoners have never shown remorse for their crimes. It also argued the early release of the trio would be in contravention of the MICT Statute, international legal standards and would be contrary to precedent.

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Over one million people mainly Tutsi and moderate Hutu were killed in the Rwandan genocide in 1994.