French Hospital Fires Genocide Fugitive after Pressure from Rwanda

Charles Twagira, a genocide convict

A French hospital has sacked a Genocide convict barely a week after he was hired, following protests from Rwanda.

On Monday, the media reported about the recruitment of Genocide convict and fugitive Charles Twagira, by Paul Doumer Hospital, a geriatric, public facility managed by Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) in Labruyère, France.

Charles Twagira was convicted Genocide crimes by Rwandan courts. During the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Twagira was a Regional Director of health in the former prefecture of Kibuye, in western Rwanda. He is also one of the Genocide planners in Kibuye Prefecture, where he incited local population to commit Genocide.

Upon learning about this, Rwanda protested through a press release by the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG).

The same institution said that KT Press publishing the press release yielded good results.

“We want to once again express our gratitude to you for publishing our press release and also take this opportunity to inform you that the Genocide suspect, Charles Twagira has been suspended on his duties,” CNLG has said.

It is reported that on Tuesday the Paul Doumer Hospital learned of the accusations against Twagira only a week after he started working there and suspended him “to ensure the good functioning of the public hospital service.”

With disdain, Arthur Vercken, Twagira’s lawyer said that his client being a Genocide convict back home and under investigation in France is not something that would stop him from being hired by a French public hospital.

“He is a good doctor, that’s it,” Vercken was quoted by Washington Post as saying.




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