Thursday, September 29, 2022

They celebrate in Rwanda the condemnation of a genocide in France

KIGALI, Rwanda ( Associated Press) – Survivors of the Rwandan genocide on Wednesday celebrated the conviction in France of Laurent Bucyibaruta, the oldest Rwandan, on charges related to the 1994 genocide.

President Paul Kagame’s campaign to get France and other countries to arrest and prosecute suspects still at large in Europe is widely supported in this East African country.

Bucyibaruta, 78, who has lived in France since 1997, was tried on genocide charges and sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Paris court found him guilty of complicity in genocide and crimes against humanity, but acquitted him of direct involvement for lack of evidence.

Bucyibaruta remained free during the trial, but was arrested by the gendarmes as soon as the verdict was pronounced. You have 10 days to appeal.

The verdict is important for the survivors of the massacres in Gikongoro province, of which he was governor and a member of the most uncompromising wing of the ruling party. Gikongoro, with its large Tutsi population, was one of the centers of the genocide.

Survivors who spoke to the Associated Press on Wednesday said it’s never too late for justice.

“Because of their preparatory work, they killed many Tutsis,” said Joseph Ntwali, who lived in Gikorongo during the genocide and remembers that Bucyibaruta, an influential man, sowed the seeds of ethnic hatred with his speeches.

The massacre of the Tutsi population of Rwanda began on April 6, 1994, when a plane carrying President Juvénal Habyarimana was shot down in Kigali. The president, like most Rwandans, was ethnic Hutu.

The Tutsis were accused of the crime, and although they denied it, extremist Hutu gangs began killing them, including children, with the support of the army, police and militias.

Over the course of 100 days, more than 800,000 Tutsis and the moderate Hutus who tried to protect them were killed.

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