Et tidligere medlem av hutu-regjeringen i Rwanda som drepte 800.000 tutsier og moderate hutuer i 1994, er funnet død i Brussel, noen uker etter at han begynte å samarbeide med FN-domstolen i Arusha.
Juvenal Uwilingiyimana (54) hadde vært handelsminister og var et ledende medlem av det største hutu-partiet. I juni ble han tiltalt for folkemord av FN-tribunalet, og i august ble det utstedt en arrestordre. Juvenal Uwilingiyimana valgte da å samarbeide med domstolen, en ikke uvanlig foreteelse.
He met with tribunal investigators for the last time three days before he disappeared on Nov. 21.
Tribunal officials said they did not rule out that the former minister was killed by fellow Rwandans who feared that his disclosures might be harmful to them. They said that although meetings with investigators were held discreetly, outside Brussels, others might have learned about them.
Mr. Uwilingiyimana was known to fear for his safety and that of his family.
«He expressed his fear to me and to investigators that his cooperation would be discovered,» said Stephen Rapp, the tribunal’s chief of prosecution, who said he had met several times with him in Belgium. «His death is obviously very suspicious and concerns us a great deal because he was taking risks.»
Flere medlemmer av hutu-miljøet som sto bak folkemordet har slått seg ned i Belgia.
FN-domstolen foretrekker at tiltalte blir værende der. Når de kommer til Arusha blir de raskt utsatt for gruppepress fra de andre fangene, og må tie i påtvungen solidaritet!
«We have found that if we bring suspects to Arusha, it becomes almost impossible for them to cooperate with us,» Mr. Rapp said. «They rather quickly fall under control of the group in the detention center where there is strong pressure to 2_kommentartain solidarity. So we try to keep people segregated.»