France should facilitate investigations as we did -Prosecutor General

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 15 February 2017 saa 01:20
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The Government of Rwanda’s prosecution has intensified efforts of calling upon France for collaboration in the investigation of 20 France nationals suspected of complicity in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.

The call was geared up from 29th November 2016 few days after the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) released a list of 22 French soldiers accused of involvement in 1994 genocide against Tutsi.

Rwanda’s prosecution has said that talks will continue between both countries adding that ‘Rwanda can’t pressure France for reaction because the latter has own laws.’

The prosecutor General, Jean Bosco Mutangana has told IGIHE that Rwanda wants France collaboration and respect of the international principle obliging countries to facilitate investigations following an example where France prosecutors were allowed to run investigations when they came to Rwanda.

“France prosecutors came to check files of Rwandans suspected of genocide, we received and helped them .They got the desired results and we also sent witnesses in France,” he said.

“The principle of facilitating each other obliges them to do the same. There is a way of holding trial in their country if they keep quiet. Other alternatives may be thought about if these processes fail,” he added.

On 2nd February 2016, the outgoing Prosecutor General Richard Muhumuza received the delegation of French judges and prosecutors to investigate on dossiers of Rwandans fugitives in France suspected of involvement in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.

Their talks revolved around improving cooperation between Rwanda, France prosecution and judiciary sectors.

Following Rwanda’s request for collaboration to investigate France nationals, the State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Matthias Fekl said that the gravity of the tragedy in the genocide emphasizes need to hold a fair justice though the answer may not be provided soon.

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The prosecutor General, Jean Bosco Mutangana.