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15 April 2014

Rwandan President Kagame stresses importance of INTERPOL's continued engagement in hunt for genocide fugitives

KIGALI, Rwanda – Rwandan President Paul Kagame has met with INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble who are in Kigali for the 6th International expert meeting on genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

During the meeting President Kagame discussed the important role played  by INTERPOL in helping Rwandan prosecutorial authorities and police in bringing  Rwandan genocide fugitives to justice.

President Kagame also pledged his country's ongoing support to INTERPOL.  Rwanda currently has three police officials seconded to INTERPOL – one at its General Secretariat Headquarters in Lyon, another at its Regional Bureau in Nairobi and a third at INTERPOL's Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore.

The INTERPOL delegation, accompanied by Rwanda's Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, and Inspector General of Rwanda National Police and Delegate for Africa on INTERPOL’s Executive Committee, Emmanuel Gasana, updated President Kagame on the world police organization’s continued efforts in supporting Rwanda to locate and bring to justice criminals responsible for those crimes.

Launched in 2004, INTERPOL’s Rwandan Genocide Fugitives Project is a collaborative effort with INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Kigali, the Rwandan Prosecutor General and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. It has already led to the identification and arrest of 40 individuals in 14 countries.

President  Kagame also expressed his pleasure that Rwanda would be hosting in Kigali the 84th INTERPOL General Assembly in 2015.