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16 April 2013

INTERPOL meeting intensifies efforts to bring Rwandan genocide fugitives to justice

LYON, France – Specialized Rwandan genocide investigators and prosecutors from 11 countries came together for an operational meeting to share information about wanted fugitives and facilitate the investigation of ongoing cases.

During the two-day (15 and 16 April) Rwanda Genocide Fugitives Operational Meeting organized by INTERPOL, information regarding more than 240 Rwandan genocide suspects who are the subjects of INTERPOL Red Notices or diffusions was reviewed by the investigators, who exchanged material on specific cases.

The participants also shared their experiences in managing genocide and international fugitive cases from the preliminary inquiry stage up to the prosecution, as well as discuss best practices in genocide investigations. Among the attendees of the meeting was Martin Ngoga, Prosecutor General of Rwanda.

The meeting was part of a larger INTERPOL initiative aimed at locating and bringing to justice the fugitives wanted for participating in the Rwandan genocide. The INTERPOL Rwandan Genocide Fugitives Project was created in conjunction with the Rwandan National Prosecuting Authority and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to target the remaining fugitives wanted by those two groups.

Since the project was launched in 2004, more than 35 fugitives who were subject to INTERPOL Red Notices have been arrested.