Rwanda: Former ICTR Assistant Investigator Ntirugiribambe abducted in Nairobi

Jul 1st, 2015 at 22:43 | By | Category: News

Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe, former legal Assistant Investigator at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, was violently abducted on this 23rd of June 2015, in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. His whereabouts remain unknown. Kenyan police have opened investigations into the matter.

Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe

Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe

Ntirugiribambe is a Rwandan who had been working as a Defense Legal Assistant and Investigator at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha for more than a decade. He was kidnapped outside Tana’s Shopping Complex in Nairobi, where he stayed with his family.  According to eyewitnesses, it was around 8.00PM local time when Ntirugiribambe had just parked his car to pick up groceries. At that point, four men dressed in civilian clothes came out of a black Toyota that had just pulled a little bit ahead of Ntirugiribambe’s car and grabbed him by force. Bystanders started worrying and asked why the men were taking him forcibly. The men replied them saying they were from the police. However, when the bystanders insisted and asked the men to identify themselves, one of the kidnappers pointed a pistol at them. The abductors then dragged Ntirugiribambe in their car and drove away immediately.

One of the eyewitnesses managed to write down details of the abductor’s vehicle and called the police. The victim’s car was left intact with all his valuable belongings untouched including his laptop, suggesting that this was not just an ordinary robbery. So far, all efforts to reach Ntirugiribambe have been in vain.  His phone has been switched off, a family member told Jambonews. The police investigations are ongoing.

This is the second kidnapping case of a Rwandan exiled in the Kenyan capital in less than one year. In November 2014, Emile Gafirita was kidnapped in Nairobi by unidentified persons. Gafirita, also Rwandan, was expected to give new evidence  in France on the shooting down of former Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane. The shooting of the presidential planein Rwanda in 1994 is considered to be the trigger of the Rwandan genocide. So far, it is still unclear as to who was responsible for Habyarimana’s death and, similarly to Ntirugiribambe, the whereabouts of Emile Gafirita remain unknown.


Jack Mugabo

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