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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Rwanda: case of arrested missionary may be moved to Belgium
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¬†The case in which a Belgian Catholic cleric faces genocide-related charges, could be moved from Rwanda's capital Kigali to Belgium. Rwandan authorities are "in theory willing to transfer the case of Fr Guy Theunis MAfr to Belgium a Belgian magistrature where it will be subject to a judicial enquiry," a spokesman of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, FranÁois Dumont, told the Missionary News Service. Fr Guy Theunis MAfr, 60, a Belgian member of the Missionaries of Africa, was arrested on 6 September at Kigali International Airport, as he travelled from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Belgium. Kigali has therefore responded positively to the September 29 request of by Karel De Gucht, the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, to transfer the judicial file of the Belgian Missionary detained in the Rwandan capital. Mr De Gucht was reportedly delighted by the response. According to Brussels, the Rwandan authorities specify that the transfer of Fr Theunis can be foreseen, and that detailed discussions will take place between the two countries on the modalities. Fr Theunis worked in Rwanda from 1989 to 1994, during which time advocacy for human rights and non-violent communication were his main missionary preoccupation. For details, visit the Missionaries of Africa website: Source: MISNA/CISA
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