Rwanda has demonstrated readiness to legally bring to courts of law the French people that were involved in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, avoiding to imitate French Judge Jean Louis Bruguière who issued arrest warrants for Rwanda’s military officers without carrying out any investigations.
In 2006, Jean-Louis Bruguière made a report that accused some of RPF/A-Inkotanyi soldiers of involvement in shooting down the plane of former president Habyarimana Juvenal. He released an arrest warrant for nine officers through an amorphous process that Rwanda criticized.
During a press conference held yesterday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo said that Rwanda is ready to bring to justice French people whether politicians or soldiers who played a role in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
Mushikiwabo said this as the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) recently released a list of 22 French soldiers involved in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
She explained that releasing the list doesn’t mean these soldiers are going to be arrested rather one way of justice leading to that.
Mushikiwabo explained that names of politicians involved in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi will follow the recent list of soldiers adding that this will mark the need to begin investigations.
She noted that Rwanda will try all the best to reveal the truth leading to pursuing French people involved in genocide.
Mushikiwabo however said that Rwanda won’t act like French Judge, Jean Louis Bruguière who woke up and selected names of people he claimed to have shot down the former president’s airplane without investigations.
“To issue arrest warrants, some processes have to be passed through. Bruguière woke up, closed eyes and selected names of people he accused of shooting down the airplane, throwing all judicial processes to the wind which would involve; carrying out investigations, inform him/her start and give him/her a space to defend self followed by other judicial actions,” she said.
Mushikiwabo said that Rwanda will request France the right to access suspects that were involved in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi to investigate them basing on existing information.
- The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo
- French Judge Jean Louis Bruguière