November 23, 2009
OTTAWA – A 37-year-old Rwandan immigrant arrested earlier this month on suspicion of committing acts of genocide has been formally charged with “genocide,” his attorney said Monday.
Jacques Mungwarere “has been charged with one count of genocide,” defense lawyer Christian Deslauriers told AFP.
“Several allegations form the basis of the accusation, but I have not yet seen a summary of the evidence,” he said, adding that the case is due to return to court on December 7.
Jacques Mungwarere was arrested on November 6 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at the tail-end of an investigation that led authorities from Rwanda — site of the brutal 1994 genocide — to the United States and Canada.
He is suspected of having committed acts of genocide in the region of Kibuye in western Rwanda, police told AFP. A private citizen tipped off police to Mungwarere’s presence in the country.
According to the United Nations, some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred in the 1994 genocide.
Mungwarere is the second person to be accused of war crimes in Canada, under the “universal jurisdiction” mandate of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act, which came into law in October 2000. [Mentioned by KOS on November 17 – http://www.welcomethelight.com/2009/11/kos-update-november-17-2009]
Late last month Rwandan militia leader Desire Munyaneza, 42, was found guilty of crimes against humanity, in Canada’s first war crimes trial.
He was sentenced on October 29 to life in prison after being found guilty earlier this year of seven counts of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity for the rape, murder and torture of dozens of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in southern Rwanda from April to July 1994.
He received the maximum penalty under Canadian law and will not be eligible for parole until having served 25 years in prison.
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