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Genocide: Rwanda

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions she has had with her French and Belgian counterparts on the search for and prosecution of suspected Rwandan genocidaires residing in those countries; (153428)

(2) what steps she is taking to encourage other EU Governments to arrest suspected Rwandan genocidaires residing in their countries;

(3) what discussions she has had with EU counterparts about procedures for extradition to Rwanda of suspected Rwandan genocidaires residing in Europe.

[holding answer 8 October 2007]: It is for each member state to determine, in accordance with its own laws, what action might be appropriate in particular cases. Regular discussions, however, are held with EU counterparts, both at ministerial and official level, about a range of judicial cooperation issues including, from time to time, about bringing to justice alleged genocidaires from Rwanda. No one fleeing prosecution in that country should expect to find safe haven or to enjoy impunity within the EU. That is why the Government have entered into special extradition arrangements with Rwanda in respect of four cases currently before the courts.