President Kagame warns France over reopening investigations into the death of former president Juvenal Habyarimana. While addressing an audience during the launch of the Judicial Year yesterday, Kagame expressed annoyance that after investigating the case for two years and found nothing they wanted and investigators wanted to start all over again.
The Rwandan leader reacted angrily to plans by French investigators to probe afresh into the circumstances surrounding the downing of the presidential jet in which President Habyarimana and his Burundian counterpart Cyprian Ntaryamira died on April 6, 1994.
Reacting to Rwanda-France case, Kagame said that there is the case between two countries that has been going on since the beginning of the new Rwanda; the case that was investigated.
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“First of all we as Rwanda we wanted to have good relationship, we wanted to clear this case that have not been there for the first place, so we submitted ourselves to say ok; you come here and have access to anything you want, we provided access to anything these people asked for all over the place across the continent and the case took slightly of two years being investigation worked on. When it was coming to the end of the findings, what they were looking for there was not there”.
“I look in the media they are going to restart with them and I have no problem with that …Restating with them means a lot of things, I have to remind some people that the judiciary system of Rwanda is not subordinate to France or to France’s interest,” He added.
President Kagame said that Rwanda’s willingness to cooperate with investigators to end the case, had been abused, adding that the French should be in the dock over what happened in the country.
“I think we are put by this country and its legal system exactly where this country should be as relates to the genocide here and its history, what am saying is France should be in the dock being trialed not anybody in Rwanda nor Rwandans”. President kagame highlighted.
Rwanda has always accused France of having had a hand in the genocide. The two counties broke off diplomatic relations in 2006 following the issuance of nine arrest warrants by a French judge against Rwandan officials in connection with the attack against President Habyarimana’s French-crewed plane; the diplomatic relations restored in 2009.
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