(Xinhua) -- The Mechanism for International Criminal
Tribunals (MICT) has put in place a number of strategies
expected to better track key Rwanda genocide masterminds, the
MICT chief prosecutor said on Tuesday.
Speaking at a press conference in
Rwandan capital Kigali, Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz said
new efforts include involving some colleagues who were able to
track down all wanted fugitives in the former Yugoslavia.
Other strategies include adopting
modern technologies in terms of search and increased cooperation
with partners, he added.
He admitted that the mechanism has
fallen short of acting fast to bring fugitives to book, although
a number of persons have dedicated full time to try to identify
the places where they are hiding.
“It is extremely difficult because
those are individuals with a number of different identitie...with
obviously a support network which is still out there,” said
According to him, eight fugitives
remain at large out of 90 persons who were indicted by the
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, whose functions have
been inheritaged by the MICT.
Three masterminds wanted by the MICT
still at large include Felicien Kabuga, Protais Mpiranya and
Kabuga, a former businessman, is said
to have been a financier of the genocide and is believed to be
hiding in Kenya.
Mpiranya, who was the commander of the
presidential guard unit, is believed to be hiding in Zimbabwe.
Mpriranya faces charges of
participating in planning, preparation and execution of the
genocide in which over 1 million peoplem mainly Tutsi and
moderate Hutus, were killed in 1994.
Bizimana was the minister of defense
during the genocide.
Some 18 genocide suspects have been
deported to Rwanda for trial over the years from different
countries, Rwanda’s Prosecutor General Jean Bosco Mutangana said
at Tuesday’s press conference.