A man arrested in Norway who is wanted by Rwanda for his alleged role in the African nation’s 1994 genocide may be extradited, Norwegian police said Friday.
The man in his 40s, who has not been named, was arrested in the Norwegian capital Oslo almost a year ago following an extradition request from Kigali.
The Oslo District Court ruled on September 19 that the man can be legally extradited to Rwanda, police said. It is now up to the Nordic country’s justice ministry to decide whether to deport him, which is considered a formality.
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Thea Elise Kjæraas, a spokeswoman for Norway’s National Criminal Investigation Service, known by its Norwegian acronym KRIPOS, said it was conducting “a number of inquiries to clarify whether extradition conditions are met.”
“We note that the district court shares KRIPOS’ assessment that extradition conditions are met,” Kjæraas said.
An estimated 800,000 people were killed in the Rwandan genocide, which took place over three months in 1994 when members of the Hutu ethnic group turned on the Tutsi minority, slaughtering them and moderate Hutus who tried to protect them.