Minister of Justice Tharcisse Karugarama of Rwanda

Tharcisse Karugarama is a Rwandan politician.
A member of the RPF, Karugarama has played a role in the prosecution of crimes associated with the Rwandan Genocide.
Karugarama was named in 2006 to the Justice portfolio, and named Attorney-General in 2007.
Karugarama said he is sure the president would be a happy man concerning the lives that would be spared with the promulgation of the new law.
Karugarama said he is hopeful the Rwandan diplomat would get a fair trial.
classic case of political manipulation.
Kigali Justice Minister, Tharcisse Karugarama has urged world governments to enact legislation that criminalises the Rwanda Genocide just as many countries have done for the Jewish holocaust.
Karugarama said his country had no immediate plans to issue indictments, but the report "could be the basis for potential charges against individuals or the state.
Tharcisse Karugarama said that in spite of genocides aftermath, Rwanda remains a country that needs to rebuild itself and integrate itself into the realities of standards of international justice.
Karugarama was speaking at a press conference, at Telecom House, together with Information Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, said that the government of Rwanda had tried several times to bring the issue of the arrest warrants against its officials to the court but that the French government had refused to respond.
She is a sacrifice for Rwandans and Africa so that this arrogance and bullying can be challenged," Karugarama said of the Director of State Protocol.
Karugarama said that France did not make an appearance at the International Court of Justice where Rwanda hoped to challenge Bruguiere's report and clear the arrest warrants.
Justice Minister, Tharcisse Karugarama said that twelve years after the genocide, France has continued to shield Agathe Habyarimana, the woman whose hands are tainted with genocide blood.
This woman is a criminal and is listed under Category One of the genocide suspects,” Karugarama said by phone on Tuesday.
Mr Karugarama said Mrs Habyarimana was a "category one" genocide suspect.
Karugarama said that may hamper their extradition but added Rwanda is looking to abolish the death penalty.
Anyway, the Rwandan minister of Justice Tharcisse Karugarama has let on that he´ll apply to the French ministry of Justice lead by Rachida Dati for the cooperation of France in this case.
Rwanda has sent an extradition request to Britain for four suspected masterminds behind the 1994 genocide in which over half a million people were killed, Rwanda Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama said Tuesday.
Leading Tuesday's international brief, Rwandan Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama has confirmed that the Rwandan Parliament would be presented a bill in December aimed at abolishing capital punishment in the African nation.
Karugarama said that the measure was necessary to obtain closure for the population of Rwanda, especially as the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda is scheduled to close at the end of 2008, though current estimates project that it will not have finished the trials of all the suspects it currently detains.
Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama said his country had no immediate plans to issue indictments, but the report could be the basis for potential charges against individuals or the state.
Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama said on Friday that the government opened the inquiry because it had no confidence in a French magistrate's investigation into the April 6, 1994, downing of then-president Juvenal Habyarimana's plane by unidentified attackers.
Karugarama said the 500-page report would be made public after the authorities had scrutinized it.
Photo: IRIN Remains of the 1994 genocide victims at Ntarama church, Kigali Rural ProvinceKIGALI, 3 August 2007 (IRIN) - Rwanda's Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama has expressed optimism that countries hosting genocide suspects would soon expedite their transfer to Kigali now the death penalty has been abolished.
The international arrest warrant will no longer be applied, she is a free woman and she is coming home.
Apart from allaying fears of incompetence by Rwandan courts of law, Mr Karugarama said the Kigali establishment has created better prison facilities for such ‘special’ genocide cases.
Mr Karugarama said the Rwandan government plans to start transferring top genocide suspects from ICTR for trial and detention at home.
We are hoping that those countries will co-operate to bring to trial all genocide suspects, or to extradite their cases before Rwandan justice, Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama said here Aug 2.