Rwanda to free 9,000 prisoners

Release is likely to anger genocide survivors who say prisoners will kill again.

    About 800,000 members of the minority Tutsi ethnic were killed in 100 days of killings in 1994 [AP]

    Martin Ngoga, Rwanda's chief prosecutor, confirmed the new releases. 

    "This group will exclude key masterminds of the genocide," he said.

     

    Human Rights Watch said this week that Rwanda faces a new round of ethnic violence if it fails to prosecute the killers of witnesses and survivors of the genocide.

     

    It said dozens of survivors and others involved in the traditional gacaca court process have been killed in recent years.

     

    'Sensitisation'

     

    Since 2003, Rwanda has released between 50,000 and 60,000 prisoners, of whom about 80 per cent were accused of involvement in the genocide. Hundreds have been re-arrested, however, after committing other crimes on reaching home, including killing genocide survivors in an attempt to destroy evidence.

     

    The inmates to be freed next month will undergo a month-long civic "sensitisation" programme before being allowed to go to their homes, Ngoga said.

     

    About 800,000 members of the minority Tutsi ethnic group and moderate Hutus were butchered in 100 days of killings from April 1994 blamed on Hutu hardliners.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.