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Rwanda needs autopsy experts, Justice a challenge in murder crimes


Devdiscourse News Desk kigali Rwanda
Updated: 12-01-2019 14:04 IST
Rwanda needs autopsy experts, Justice a challenge in murder crimes

Rwanda Medical and Dental Council said that there was requirement for experts in examining dead bodies (forensic pathologists) who are not available in the country (Image Credit: Flickr / T.J. Hawk)

The corpse undergoes an autopsy if anyone dies mysteriously. However, the limitations in autopsy give a challenge in delivering justice in Rwanda.

According to The New Times, the prosecution processed 539 murder cases of which they submitted 412 to court in 2018, with a conviction rate of over 80 percent. Faustin Nkusi, Rwanda's capital Kigali-based National Public Prosecution Authority's spokesperson opined it is imperative for a murder case to have a good autopsy report.

However, Rwanda Medical and Dental Council said that there was a requirement for experts in examining dead bodies (forensic pathologists) who are not available in the country. Their absence means that sometimes the murderer will be set free or someone innocent will be pinned for the death because of limitations in the autopsy, a fact that has raised issues, especially in murder cases, New Times noted.

The contradictions over autopsy reports have witnessed the council summoned to court for multiple times to elaborate the authenticity of reports made by the medics, Professor Emmanuel Rudakemwa, the Chairman of Rwanda Medical and Dental Council opined.

"So many doctors in Rwanda carry out autopsies, I also used to. But the question is about the value of the autopsy because an autopsy carried out by a random doctor cannot have the same value as one carried out by a forensic pathologist," Emmanuel Rudakemwa further said.

COUNTRY : Rwanda

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