In Rwanda, the Ibuka association, which represents the survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide, expresses its disappointment after the announcement, Friday, May 22, of the identification of the remains of the alleged genocidaire Augustin Bizimana, in Congo-Brazzaville. The latter is said to have died in 2000, in Pointe-Noire, according to the Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Courts which conducted the investigation.
With Félicien Kabuga, arrested on May 16 in the Paris region, the former Rwandan Minister of Defense Augustin Bizimana was one of the main fugitives still being prosecuted by international justice for their alleged involvement in the genocide of Tutsis.
Jean-Pierre Dusingizemungu, president of Ibuka, deplores the slowness of international justice in that case : ” Augustin Bizimana should have faced justice, we do not see why the international judicial system must take all its time to reach such a conclusion. And that surprises us. ”
” Why does such information only fall a few days after the arrest of Félicien Kabuga ?, still wondering Jean-Pierre Dusingizemungu. These are questions we can ask ourselves. We can only condemn this slowness of the international judicial system. We know that this system has colossal means to carry out all the investigations. And if they have to wait for people to die without being brought to justice, this is one way of denying us that justice, which we have been waiting for a long time. ”
Augustin Bizimana should have been charged with 13 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. He was also charged with the assassination of ex-Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana, at the outset of the genocide, and should have finally been answerable for his alleged involvement in the assassination of Belgian peacekeepers in Kigali.