France’s top appeals court has agreed to extradite the alleged financier of the Rwandan genocide, Félicien Kabuga, to face trial in Tanzania.
Mr Kabuga, in his 80s, was arrested in May at his home outside Paris after 26 years on the run.Some 800,000 people were killed in the 1994 genocide.
Mr Kabuga is alleged to have funnelled money to militia groups as chairman of the national defence fund. He denies all the charges.
During a court appearance in May, he described the accusations as “lies”.
His lawyers had argued that he was too frail to be sent to face trial at the UN tribunal in the Tanzanian town of Arusha.
Mr Kabuga’s lawyers argued that their client should not be transferred to Tanzania for health reasons, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
They also said that the appeals court had violated the constitution by failing to provide a thorough examination of international arrest warrants.
But these arguments were dismissed by the court. The extradition ruling upheld one by a lower court on 3 June that Mr Kabuga’s health was not “incompatible” with a transfer to a UN tribunal. According to the court, Mr Kabuga is really 85 but says he is 87.