The process to bring Fulgence Kayishema, the Rwandan genocide suspect, before a UN court was delayed on Wednesday after his extradition case was postponed.
Kayishema, the man who is being prosecuted for his alleged role in the then 1994 genocide in Rwanda, was not in the Western Cape High Court today due to a confusion when his case came up.
“There is nothing for me to listen to!” said an angry judge Robert Henney after prosecutors failed to file an application to start the extradition process.
The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) requested that Kayishema be extradited to its branch in Tanzania.
However, the legal procedure, which is different from a typical extradition, caused a Babel of confusion which finally led to today’s postponement.
“This is not a criminal case or a civil case. So, we are entering new territory,” Eric Ntabazalila, spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), told journalists after the postponement.
RNews earlier reported that Kayishema was one of four remaining fugitives wanted by United Nations investigators for their role in the genocide in Rwanda. He was arrested in Paarl in the Western Cape in May this year.
He allegedly participated in one of the genocide’s bloodiest episodes when thousands of men, women and children who sought shelter in a church were killed.