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2 Genocide Suspects Extradited to Rwanda From Netherlands

  • Associated Press

FILE - Family photographs of some of those who died in the Rwandan genocide hang in a display in a memorial center in Kigali, Rwanda, April 5, 2014.

FILE - Family photographs of some of those who died in the Rwandan genocide hang in a display in a memorial center in Kigali, Rwanda, April 5, 2014.

Two Rwandan men accused of participating in the 1994 genocide against Tutsis arrived Saturday in Kigali, Rwanda, following their extradition from the Netherlands, a Rwandan official said.

Jean-Claude Iyamuremye, 40, and Jean Baptiste Mugimba, 57, were handed over to Rwandan authorities by Dutch officials at Kigali International Airport.

Richard Muhumuza, Rwanda's prosecutor-general, told The Associated Press in Kigali that the suspects were considered to have played a key role in the Rwandan genocide, in which over 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu extremists.

Their extradition followed a Dutch court decision that rejected their appeals; the two had contended that they would face torture if they were forced to return to Kigali. Both suspects have maintained their innocence.

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