FIVE genocide suspects who sought refuge in the UK have racked up the highest ever legal aid bill for non-Brits – claiming over £5million.
The men allegedly helped the mass slaughter of 800,000 victims in Rwanda in 1994 before fleeing to Britain.
Vincent Bajinya, 58, Celestin Ugirashebuja, 66, Charles Munyaneza, 61, Emmanuel Nteziryayo, 66, and Celestin Mutabaruka, 63, have cost taxpayers £5,351,612 to date.
They were arrested in May 2013 but it is believed it could be five years before their trial – meaning their legal aid bill could more than double.
The group could claim even more than Kevin Maxwell who netted over £10million of taxpayers cash for lawyers – the largest ever.
It comes after we revealed the brother of the Manchester Arena bomber has been granted legal aid while the victims’ families were denied the cash.
Harry Fletcher, Director of Victim’s Rights Campaign, blasted the revelation. He told The Sun on Sunday: “This is an extraordinary case.
“It is another example of alleged criminals receiving millions of taxpayers’ money while victims routinely have to crowdfund or use their own cash to fight for their rights.”
Hutus killed 70 per cent of the Tutsi population in 100 days of violence that started on April 7 1994. Up to 250,000 women and girls were raped in violence that shocked the world.
The Met are probing the five men who have successfully fought all attempts at extradition to Rwanda by claiming they will not face a fair trial.
ACCUSED FLED TO BRITAIN
Mutabaruka is suspected of organising killings in the town of Gatare before fleeing to Ashford, Kent where he now works as a pastor.
Bajinya allegedly helped plan the genocide and participated in the killings and violence before acquiring British citizenship and changing his name to Brown.
Ugirashebuja is accused or organising and urging people to kill before moving to Essex and Nteziryayo allegedly ordered murders and monitored killings but now lives in Manchester.
And Munyaneza was a local government leader where massacres took place and is said to have led attacks in the south of the country that left thousands dead.
All men strongly deny the charges.
Britain has the highest legal aid budget in Europe at a staggering £1.6billion a year – with France and Germany the closest on under £300million.
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But the government has been slammed for doling it out to controversial figures. Tracey Connelly, the mum of tortured Baby P, was given more than £500,000 to fight failed legal battles.
VIP sex gang fantasist Carl Beech got nearly £200,000 while Hashem Abedi has also been given state cash after he was brought back from Libya over his brother’s terror attack.
Kevin Maxwell, son of disgraced media tycoon Robert, netted £10million in legal aid to help him fight an inquiry into the flotation of the Mirror Group in 1991.
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