Rwanda angered by French reopening of killing probe
Rwandan President Paul Kagame criticised France on Monday after French investigators reopened an investigation into the 1994 assassination of the Rwandan president, a killing that triggered the country’s genocide.
“The judicial system of Rwanda is not subordinate to France or France’s interests,” Kagame told a cheering audience of judges, senior military officers and government officials at an official judicial function. “It should be France in the dock being tried, not anybody in Rwanda and not Rwandans.”
Rwanda’s former chief of army staff Faustin Nyamwasa, now in exile, has accused Kagame of being linked to the shooting down of the plane carrying President Habyarimana Juvenal, the President of Burundi, and a French air crew.
Nyamwasa made the accusations against Kagame in a widely reported trial in 2012, two years after an attempt to murder Nyamwasa in South Africa.
Kagame says the plane was shot down by Juvenal’s own supporters who disapproved of a peace deal Juvenal had negotiated with Kagame’s rebels.
The downing of the plane unleashed a slaughter in which ethnic Hutu extremists killed more than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame addresses the 71st United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York on September 22/