Unnamed citizens thought to be both Ugandan and Rwandans have dragged Gen.Kayihura and a host of other officersincluding Nixon Agasirwe, Jonathan Barozaamong others to the International criminalcourt (ICC) for crimes against humanity committed especially on Rwandan refugees and assylum seekers living in Uganda.
In a petition published by the judiciary and addressed to the ICC Chief Prosecutor,Fatou Bensouda, the petitioners give a long list of 38 people who were either killed in Uganda or handed to Rwandan authoritiesagainst their will.
They further note that Uganda Police cannot prosecute this matter internally, saying the main suspects are at the high command of police and witnesses are officers of the police force on the run for their safety against members of the same police force, while Rwanda denies any involvement
According to The Reporter, the group claims that between 2010 and 2017, Rwandan authorities procured services of members of the Uganda Police Force to forcefully repatriate Rwandan refugees, Ugandans of Rwandan origin and Congolese of Rwandan origin.
“This petition is brought to the ICC on its merits being that crimes like murder, deportation or forceful transfer of population. Torture and enforced disappearance of persons are within the definition of crimes against humanity which are triable by the ICC,” the petitioners state in the criminal complaint before the ICC.
“Selected Uganda Police Officers were offered 5000 USD for each individual repatriated, a witness testified to us that some of these victims who resisted where executed within Uganda,” the complaint states further.
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