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

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The peace games: Dreaming big for South Sudan's youth

    The peace games: Dreaming big for South Sudan's youth

    A relatively new independence and fresh waves of conflict inspire a South Sudanese refugee to build antiwar video games.