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French judge issues arrest warrants for 9 Rwandans in 1994 killing of president
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 23 - 11 - 2006


A French judge has issued international
arrest warrants for nine Rwandan officials he suspects
plotted the 1994 killing of Rwanda's president, triggering
the nation's genocide, judicial officials said Thursday.
The nine officials are close to Rwanda's current
president, Paul Kagame, the officials said. French anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere
issued the warrants Wednesday, after the prosecutor's
office approved them Monday, the officials said.
The arrest warrants target ranking Rwandans whom Bruguiere
suspects were behind the downing of then-President Juvenal
Habyarimana's airplane on April 6, 1994, as well as those
suspected of allegedly executing the plot.
The killing set off the massacre of Tutsis and moderate
Hutus in the central African nation by extremists members
of the Hutu majority. Some 500,000 people, mostly ethnic
Tutsis, were killed in 100 days.
According to Bruguiere's order, Kagame allegedly
instructed his rebel Rwanda Patriotic Front, or RPF, to
shoot down the plane.
«The investigations undertaken have clearly shown that
for the RPF, the physical elimination of President Juvenal
Habyarimana was the necessary precondition for seizing
power by force, and was inscribed in a vast plan worked out
to this end,» Bruguiere wrote in the warrant request. A
copy was obtained by The Associated Press.
«The final order to attack the presidential plane was
given by Paul Kagame himself during a meeting held in
Mulindi on March 31, 1994,» the document said.
Kagame lashed out Wednesday against Bruguiere and his
allegations, calling the judge «an impostor, a
politician» in an interview with France-Culture radio.
«There is no doubt» that ties between France and Rwanda
will suffer, he said.
Speaking to the BBC, the president said the allegations
have «been recycled over the last five years by this
French judge, and it's not really a judicial process as
such, it's a political process.»
Rwandan Foreign Minister Charles Murigande also rejected
the accusation, telling AP Television News that it was «a
continuation of an ongoing war being waged against this
regime by these French circles.


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