Bruguière touches Arusha's Achilles heel

04 December 2006 by Thierry Cruvellier

On November 17, over eight years after he began an investigation into the April 6, 1994 attack that cost the life of Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and triggered the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda, French judge Jean-Louis Bruguière requested that arrest warrants be issued against nine high-ranking officers in Rwanda's current military, including the chief of staff and the head of the army. He would also like to see the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) prosecute the current Head of State, Paul Kagame, who is protected in France by presidential immunity. However, the ICTR will likely do nothing.

Four days after the results of the "Bruguière investigation" were published, Rwanda retaliated by severing diplomatic ties with France. "Relations with France have not been good in over twelve years. Therefore, we are going to play the same game. We are going to trade with France in the same currency. Whatever France does to us, we will do to France," countered President Paul Kagame on the French station iTélé on November 24, alluding to the fact-finding committee set up in Rwanda to investigate France's involvement in the genocide.

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