The Plane Falcon 50 carrying the Former President of Rwanda Juvenal Habyarimana was according to a new report allegedly shot down by power hungry insiders in his regime.
According to the report, When former President, Juvenal Habyarimana, took off from Tanzania on April 6, 1994, it was already dark. Due to the late hour and insecurity in Rwanda, Habyarimana’s French team tried to convince him to wait until the next day to leave. In vain.
He was in a hurry to leave the summit in Dar es Salaam, where, under pressure, he had to promise to finally implement the peace agreement providing for the sharing of power with the Tutsi rebels.
The Plane was also to bring home his Burundian counterpart, Cyprien Ntaryamira who had also attended the meeting.
At 8:21 p.m., the Falcon announced its approach to the control tower at the airport in Kigali. It appears any lights on in the black sky when a tracer line to meet him, describes a curve, then falls. A second orange flame from the ground and this time, on target.
At 8:25 p.m., the plane exploded in flight and crashed near the presidential residence. The dismembered body of Juvenal Habyarimana will be found in his own gardens, as well as the remains of three French crew members, Jacky Heraud, Jean-Pierre and Jean-MichelMinaberry Perrine.
Hence the missile is he gone? The question may seem anecdotal, if exceeded, eighteen years after the fact.
To judge Jean-Louis Bruguière, who first heard the case, never go there, the rocket was fired by rebels of RPF, the RPF Paul Kagame, since Masaka, a wooded hill, located just 4 km from the airport. The goal? Trigger a process of war to topple the regime.
Unlike their predecessors, the two judges who have taken four years of instruction,Nathalie Poux and Marc Trévidic, left the field and not statements taken mainly from exiled opponents to President Paul Kagame.
Seven experts were dispatched to the scene: three experts in aeronautics, two surveyors, a ballistics and acoustics.
Their report will be presented this afternoon to the parties a little more fragile the conclusions of Judge Bruguière alreadyundermined by the withdrawal of several witnesses.
Reportedly, they were able to establish that the aircraft flying at very low altitude then was hit on its left side near the crash site, is more than three kilometers from the farm in Masaka, the starting point of the alleged missile.
This would imply that the shooter then hung the Falcon as it arrived in his direction, then missed and shot it from behind. The experts also studied two ancient stories, passed unnoticed at the time.
The first from Dr. Massimo Pasuch, a military doctor Belgian member of UNAMIR, the UN mission, who lived at a camp for Rwandan Armed Forces (FAR) in Kanombe, near the airstrip.The man was questioned by the Military Prosecutor in Brussels a few months after the attack.
April 6 at night, he was in his living room when he "heard a noise blast" and saw "an orange light spinning" and finally "a fireball that crashed on the plot of the President."
The second witness is a French, Gregory of Saint-Quentin, Lieutenant-Colonel marine troops. Military Assistant to the FAR, he also lived inside the military camp at Kanombe in the last row of houses.
"Around 20 am 30, I heard the shots initially and then the explosion, he said on PV Jean-Louis Bruguière, June 8, 2000. Then I saw a fireball in the sky ".
This man has since become general was heard again by the judge Trévidic on 7 December. He confirmed that he "heard two shots departures" that is 500 or 1000 meters from the villa.He added: "It was close enough that I think we attacked the camp."
The expert in acoustics has studied the precise configuration of the place, the temperature, weather conditions, to find out how to spread the noise that night.
It seems highly unlikely that the two soldiers were able to perceive the breath of missiles fired from there to 3.750km at a place called the farm in Masaka.
More importantly, the speed of light is a hundred times faster than sound, the two men should have seen the plane explode before you hear the rockets.
Conclusion: the shooters were near or inside the Kanombe camp, run by Rwandan officers for the most hostile to the peace settlement which required the merger of the rebels and the army.
The other track has never really been explored by Judge Brugière: that of a coup perpetrated by Hutu extremists determined to prevent the application of the Treaty of Arusha and end once and for all with Tutsis.
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