Belgian priest's transfer from Rwanda delayed

15th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 November 2005, BRUSSELS — Belgian catholic priest Guy Theunis was still in prison on Monday, five days after the High Court of Rwanda ruled that he be sent to home to Belgium to face genocide charges.

15 November 2005

BRUSSELS — Belgian catholic priest Guy Theunis was still in prison on Monday, five days after the High Court of Rwanda ruled that he be sent to home to Belgium to face genocide charges.

"There are some formalities that have to be finalised before he boards a plane to Brussels," a senior government prosecutor told Reuters news agency.

The court ruled last week in favour of a government demand that Theunis be transferred to Belgium. Initial reports had suggested that he would be sent back on Saturday.

Rwandan police arrested Theunis, 60, in September for an alleged role in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

The ruling came after Rwanda reached an agreement with Belgian authorities in which both countries agreed to have Theunis tried in a Belgian court.

Theunis denies allegations he incited genocide by republishing articles from an extremist publication, 'Kangura', in his magazine 'Dialogue'.

"I am astonished to hear all these allegations levelled against me. I sometimes wrote articles to press for human rights," he told a Rwandan court last month. "I never republished articles from Kangura, but just translated as part of a press review."

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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