DIRECT INDICTMENT FILED IN WAR CRIMES CASE

OTTAWA – June 1, 2010 – The Public Prosecution Service of Canada announced today the filing of a direct indictment and new charges against Jacques Mungwarere, 38, who is charged with offences committed in Rwanda in 1994 under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act, namely genocide and sexual assault.

He was arrested on November 6, 2009 following a lengthy RCMP investigation and charged with one count of genocide. He has been in custody since.

The indictment contains three new charges: one additional count of genocide and two new counts of war crimes.

Jacques Mungwarere entered Canada in 2001 and gained refugee status in 2002.

The Crown determined that it was required in the public interest to prefer an indictment, sending this matter directly to trial before the preliminary inquiry was held. The decision is in accordance with policy in the FPS Deskbook, a public document.

The PPSC is an independent organization responsible for prosecuting cases under federal jurisdiction and for providing prosecution-related legal advice to law enforcement agencies.

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