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State to file evidence against Vincent Murekezi on Wednesday

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The state is today expected to submit to the court and defence lawyers, evidence for extradition of Rwandan Genocide suspect, Vincent Murekezi.

Murekezi is wanted in his home country for his suspected connection to the 1994 genocide which left an estimated 800,000 people dead.

The documents that state counsel, Steven Kayuni, is presenting to Lilongwe Principal Magistrate’s Court and the defence duo of Chimwemwe Sikwese and Gift Katundu, include witnesses’ statements and all documents relating to the case that enabled the Rwandan court sentence Murekezi to life imprisonment in absentia.

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Police arrested Murekezi, a two Malawian passports holder, on December 8 and is still remanded at Maula Prison after the state asked the court on December 13 to give it 21 days to liaise with the Rwandan Government officials for more information.

In an interview Tuesday, Kayuni said, in essence, Malawi is making an application for extradition on behalf of Rwandan Government.

He said after submission it is when the court will determine the date for hearing of the matter.

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“All the court evidence that has been sent from Rwanda will be delivered to the court and defence lawyers tomorrow [today]. So, that is what will determine how we are going to proceed. There won’t be any hearing tomorrow but we are just serving the court with documents then the court will tell us when it will be available to hear the actual application by the Republic of Rwanda,” Kayuni said.

He said the Rwandan government has sent all the documentation that set ground for Murekezi’s extradition and what Malawi Government is waiting for is just the court process.

Kayuni, already told the court on December 13 2016 that the Malawi Government through the diplomatic channels received a request for the extradition of Murekezi and has a duty to cooperate with the government of Rwanda on the issue considering the cooperation arrangements between the two countries

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