Johannesburg: France has requested South
Africa to extradite a Rwandan general, who was once a high
commissioner to India, to face charges related to his alleged
role in the 1994 assassination of the leaders of Rwanda and
Lieutenant-General Kayumba Nyamwasa was the chief of the
Rwandan Army until 2010, when he fled to South Africa after
falling out with Rwandan president Paul Kagame and is seeking
asylum in South Africa.
Justice ministry spokesman Tlali Tlali confirmed that
France had requested South Africa to extradite
lieutenant-general Kayumba Nyamwasa, adding to a similar
request by Rwanda to do the same.
Nyamwasa is wanted in Rwanda to address allegations of
his involvement in mortar attacks in the country in February
this year before he fled to South Africa, where his
application for refugee status is still pending.
The former military head was also found guilty in 2006
France for his involvement in shooting down an aircraft in
1994, killing the former presidents of Rwanda and Burundi and
sparking a civil war in Rwanda which left hundreds of
In 2008, Nyamwasa was found guilty in Spain for
complicity in the murder of nine Spanish nuns and emergency
Meanwhile, experts have said that the South African
government would have to first consider the extradition
requests from Rwanda before that of France.
"He will have to provide evidence that his life would be
in danger if he is extradited. The recent attempt on his life
will probably be part thereof," said Prof Andre Thomashausen
of the Centre for International Studies at the University of
Nyamwasa survived an alleged assassination attempt
recently outside his house in Johannesburg, for which four men
are currently facing charges.
He served as Rwanda`s High Commissioner to India from