Norwegian citizen charged with killing in Rwanda


Kripos has arrested a Norwegian citizen in his 50s, charged with killing during the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. The man was arrested in Nordland, and is being sentenced for detention in Oslo district court on Thursday.

Kripos believes there is reason to suspect the man for having participated in the killing of a larger number of people, mainly ‘Tutsi’ Rwandans. He came to Norway as a refugee via UNHCR in 2006.

“A lot of investigation still remains, including interrogation, review of seizures and further investigations. The case is being conducted with a view to further prosecution in Norway,” said police adviser,Espen Hanken of Kripos.

The case against the man is based, among other things, on information from Rwandan authorities and their own investigations to Rwanda. Since the autumn of 2017, three exploratory journeys have been conducted with a number of questions.

From April to July 1994, between 800,000 and 1 million Tutsi and moderate Hutu Rwandans were slaughtered in a genocide conducted by the Army and Hutu ‘Interahamwe’ and ‘Impuzamugambi’ killers.

It is believed that up to 200,000 people participated in the genocide.

‘’Investigation of such cases is complicated and time consuming.The alleged crime has usually occurred several years ago in a country that differs widely from Norway,’’ Kripos wrote in a press release.


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