Rwanda: Extradition

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 7th January 2019.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Rwandan counterpart on that Government's request for the extradition of individuals residing in the UK that are accused of involvement in the Rwandan Genocide.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The decision on whether or not to extradite is a matter for the courts, not government. The High Court ruling not to extradite the five individuals from the UK was a final and independent decision.

The Metropolitan Police War Crimes Unit is assessing the alleged genocide offences following the January 2018 request from Rwandan authorities to investigate five individuals in the UK. As part of this exercise officers from the Met's War Crimes Unit visited Rwanda in late October 2018. Enquiries continue and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.

The then Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, discussed the UK High Court judgement and the request for a Metropolitan Police investigation, when he met Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. British High Commission officials in Kigali continue to discuss this issue with the Government of Rwanda.

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