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Rwanda to probe French officials for involvement in 1994 genocide

Rwanda is set to investigate French officials alleged to have orchestrated the 1994 genocide that killed close to 1 million people across the country.

The East African nation’s foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo said the judicial process against the accused French officials will start with a thorough investigation.

“We will use means at our disposal to conduct our own judicial process against those in France that have cases to answer. We will request France to give us access to specific individuals,” Xinhua reports her to say.

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Mushikiwabo said that France had political and military advisors to both the government and militia who perpetrated the genocide.

Last month, the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) released a list of 22 senior French military soldiers it accused of deliberately aiding the genocide planning.

Mushikiwabo said the names of French politicians who played a role in the genocide would also be published, as “Rwanda is not going to be subjective to judicial bullying by France.”

France-Rwanda relations continued to worsen following France’s announcement of plans to reopen investigations into the shooting down of a plane carrying ex-genocidal president Juvenal Habyarimana, an event widely seen as sparking the genocide.

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