Top Rwandan Genocide suspect Ladislas Ntaganzwa remanded

The case against top Rwandan genocide suspect, Ladislas Ntaganzwa has stalled after the suspect yet again declined to plead neither guilty nor not guilty to the genocide related charges against him, compelling court to remand him for 30 days pending investigations.

Ntaganzwa who appeared in court on Wednesday remained silent throughout the trial in which court was supposed to decide whether to remand him or grant him bail.

Prosecution presented its arguments telling Nyarugungu primary court that Ntaganzwa has been in hiding for 22 years and there were high chances that if granted bail he would escape and jump bail.

Even though Ntaganzwa signed on the court decision to be remanded for 30 days, he immediately appealed the decision.
When asked to comment on his involvement in the genocide killings and planning attacks against Tutsi in Cyahinda parish, Ntaganzwa told court that this requires a lot of time and discernment.

The suspect however, confessed to court that he was a former Bourgmestre (mayor) of Nyakizu Commune, now Nyaruguru District, which he had earlier on refused to comment on during his first court appearance on Monday.

Ntaganzwa was on March 20th, 2016 extradited from neighboring DR Congo where he had been hiding for the last 21 years.

The US has since welcomed his arrest and transfer to Rwanda saying “This transfer is a positive example of regional judicial cooperation and took place as a result of close coordination and consultation by the DRC government and the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) as well as other diplomatic partners.”

Ntaganzwa is the sixth suspect indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to be arrested by the Government of the DR Congo and transferred for trial.