Rwanda an­gered by French re­open­ing of killing probe

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

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.

REUTERS

Rwanda’s Pres­i­dent Paul Kagame ad­dresses the 71st United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly in the Man­hat­tan bor­ough of New York on Septem­ber 22/

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