Suspect denies genocide in The Hague tribunal
21 November 2006,
21 November 2006
THE HAGUE – The Dutch national criminal investigation police arrested Joseph M. in Amsterdam at the beginning of August this year.
He has remained in jail since his arrest. The Prosecutor's Office suspects Joseph M of multiple homicides, including firing at an ambulance and at groups of refugees. He is also accused of having used hand grenades and machetes. All of the above occurred in 1994 in Africa, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.
As the hearings began it became clear that it would be difficult to interrogate witnesses. The suspect's attorney A von Bóné was in Rwanda last week to interrogate five people. He managed to talk to three of them.
"I can not disclose where the witnesses are. They live in different countries as they had to flee from potential violence," is all that Joseph M. declared.
Von Bóné is going to Rwanda in January again to look for witnesses. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, Joseph M is a brother of Georges R (Rutaganda), who is thought to have been the think tank behind the 1994 genocide. Georges R (Rutaganda) was given a life sentence by the Rwanda Tribunal.
In the Rwanda genocide the Hutu's killed hundreds of thousands of rivalling Tutsi's and Hutu's.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news