“We have to interpret this decision by French judges as a form of resignation faced with a political context which prosecutors did not know how to fight. Rwandan authorities have never sought to help bring the truth to light.”
Philippe Meilhac — Lawyer for Habyarimana’s widow
December 28 2018 — French judges have dropped a long-running investigation into the 1994 shooting down of a plane carrying the former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana. His death triggered a genocide. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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UPDATE (February 16 2019) — French Media have published a highly important document.
The DGSE — French exterior intelligence agency — knew as early as September 1994 that two “Hutu extremists” were the main sponsors of the attack on the plane carrying President Habyarimana.
According to this DGSE document, Théoniste Bagosora — an aide to the defence minister — and Laurent Serubuga — a former chief of staff of the Rwandan armed forces – were the main instigators of an April 1994 attack.
“The attack on Habyarimana’s plane must have been premeditated for a long time by Hutu extremists.”
“The assassination of several Tutsis and moderate opposition leaders less than half an hour after the presidential plane was blown up confirms that a lot of preparation went into this attack.”
And here you have it. Despite clear intelligence reports, French judge Jean-Louis Bruguière nevertheless accused Tutsi rebels — led by the current president Paul Kagame — of the attack.
I do not have to remind the readers of this blog that French judge Jean-Louis Bruguière played a key role in the Lockerbie (Pan Am 103) and UTA Flight 772 very murky investigations…
END of UPDATE
The plane carrying Habyarimana was shot down by a missile on April 6 1994, triggering the Rwandan genocide in which more than 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus died.
A French inquiry began in 1998, at the request of the pilot, who was French.
French judge Jean-Louis Bruguière accused Tutsi rebels — led by the current president Paul Kagame — of the attack.
Judge Bruguière concluded that Kagame — who led the RPF rebels in 1994 — had ordered the attack.
In 2006, arrest warrants were issued for a number of people close to president Kagame.
All charges were dropped on December 21 2018. The probe was a major source of tension between France and Rwanda.
Analysis of Habyarimana Plane Crash
This video is brief synopsis of the findings of Rwanda’s the Mutsinzi Report, also known as the Committee of Experts Investigation of the April 6, 1994 Crash of President Habyarimana’s Dassault Falcon-50 Aircraft.
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