Islington man faces Rwanda genocide extradition attempt

Police arrested suspects on suspicion of genocide

Police arrested suspects on suspicion of genocide - Credit: Archant

A man has been arrested on suspicion of genocide and murder in Rwanda, Scotland Yard said.

Vincent Bajinya, 52, of Priory Green, Islington, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court with four other men on Thursday under an extradition warrant alleging the offence in the African country between January 1993 and July 1994.

Attempts to extradite all the men except one took place a few years ago, but were halted by the High Court in 2009 because of fears that they might not receive a fair trial in Rwanda.

There is no extradition treaty between Rwanda and the United Kingdom, but a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries with regard to these individuals was signed on March 8, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

The other men are: Charles Munyaneza, 55, of Needwood Road, Bedford; Emmanuel Nteziryayo, 51, of Newhey Road, Manchester; Celestin Ugirashebuja, 60, of Gatefield Close, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex and Celestin Mutabaruka, 57, of Hurst Road, Ashford, Kent.

They were due to reappear at the same court yesterday.