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Johannesburg – On Tuesday 15 September 2015, the North Gauteng High Court will hear a leave to appeal application in the case pertaining to the granting of refugee status to Rwandan General Kayumba Nyamwasa who has been implicated in the commission of war crimes, rendering him ineligible for refugee status.


What:              Leave to appeal application.

Where:            North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria.

When:             15 September 2015 at 9:30am

General Nyamwasa has been accused of committing war crimes in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo while serving as a general in the Rwandan Patriotic Army, and is the subject of various extradition requests – including requests from France and Spain – in respect of these and other international crimes.  He was granted refugee status by the South African authorities despite being ineligible in accordance with domestic and international refugee law.

CoRMSA, with the support of SALC challenged the granting of refugee status and the North Gauteng High Court ruled that General Kayumba Nyamwasa is entitled to refugee status in South Africa. CoRMSA and SALC are seeking leave to appeal this judgment.

For more information:

Angela Mudukuti, International Criminal Justice Lawyer, SALC;; +27 10 596 8538

For background on the case:

For Twitter updates: #Nyamwasa

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