Rwanda manufacturers French probe into aircraft crash that sparked genocide a ‘farce’




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Kigali. Rwanda on Friday branded a French investigation into the aircraft crash that sparked the nation’s 1994 genocide a “full farce”, after appeals judges in Paris rejected a request to reopen the investigation.

The case, implicating members of President Paul Kagame’s internal circle, was “a travesty of justice, a complete and full farce that ought to not have occurred within the first place,” Justice Minister Busingye Johnston stated in a tweet.

A aircraft carrying then President Juvenal Habyarimana, from Rwanda’s Hutu majority, was struck by at the least one missile whereas coming in to land within the capital Kigali on April 6, 1994, killing the president and triggering a 100-day murderous spree that left 800,000 folks useless, principally ethnic Tutsis.

The appeals court docket in Paris had been requested to revisit a 2018 resolution to throw out a probe in opposition to 9 members and former members of Kagame’s entourage in a case that has poisoned relations between the 2 international locations.

Judges on Friday rejected the request, however legal professionals for the households of those that died when Habyarimana’s aircraft was shot down stated they may problem the choice at France’s supreme court docket.

The probe was opened in France in 1998 after a grievance by households of the French aircraft crew.


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