Sweden extradites Rwandan accused of genocide

Swedish authorities have extradited a Rwandan man to Kigali over genocide charges which he is accused to have committed when he was a university student.

The Rwanda prosecution said it received Jean Paul Micomyiza on Wednesday and commended Sweden for its contribution “to fight impunity”.

Mr Micomyiza, 50, was arrested in Sweden in November 2020 on a Rwandan arrest warrant. He lost an appeal against his extradition last December.

He has lived in Sweden for more than a decade.

He is accused of crimes of genocide for his alleged role in searching and identifying Tutsis to be killed during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, when he was 22.

At the time, he was a student at the National University of Rwanda located in his hometown, Butare, in south Rwanda.

Mr Micomyiza has not commented about the charges he faces in Rwanda.

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