Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Rwanda: French judical report says Kagame ordered plane attack in '94

The newspaper le Monde carried a story about a French judicial police report that says President Kagame authorized the rocket attack that brought down the plane of then-president Juvenal Habyarimana on April 6, 1994.

The genocide that claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans began on April 7.
The police findings, handed over to France's leading anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere, were based on interviews with hundreds of witnesses, including one member of the cell ordered by Kagame to carry out the attack, Le Monde said.

Kagame ... has several times said he did not take seriously an investigation by a French anti-terrorist judge "who has never set foot in Rwanda".

Bruguiere has been investigating the Habyarimana plane crash for the last six years, after the families of French victims who died in it filed a suit in Paris

According to Le Monde ... when Bruguiere presents his conclusions to the prosecutor's office it could lead to international arrest warrants for senior members of Kagame's entourage.

Kagame would himself be protected by his presidential immunity..
An RPF spokesperson has denied these allegations.