Malawian authorities have extradited Vincent Murekezi, a Genocide suspect who has been in custody in the southern African country since 2016.

Murekezi arrived at Kigali International Airport on Monday morning from where Malawian prison authorities handed him over to the Rwanda Correction Service (RCS).

“Convict Murekezi Vincent is transferred from Malawi prison service & received by Rwanda Correctional service authority. It is after both services signed the MoU that includes exchange of inmates. He will serve the remaining of his sentence in Rwanda,” reads the statement in part.

According to sources, Murekezi has been brought to Rwanda courtesy of an existing MoU between Rwanda Correctional Service and Malawi Prison Service for exchange of Prisoners.

He was already serving a prison sentence on a fraud-related crimes he committed in Malawi.

Murekezi is the first fugitive to be extradited from Malawi after the two countries signed an extradition treaty in February 2017.

Murekezi is accused of participating in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi mainly in Tumba in the current Huye District.

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