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Rwandan War Criminals

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on her policy on the extradition of suspected Rwandan war criminals. (75478)

There is no general extradition arrangement between the UK and Rwanda. There is, however, provision within the Extradition Act 2003 for Ministers to consider whether the UK might enter into special arrangements where no other extradition arrangement exists. In addition, there is an appropriate legislative basis to ensure that the UK could surrender any individual indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda if they were found to be in the UK.

It is UK policy to give due consideration to any such request of an individual for extradition or surrender in light of these arrangements.

The Government are committed to a policy of no safe haven for those who commit genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity.