Major faces court over soldiers' deaths
8 September 2006, BRUSSELS — Brussels Court issued a summons on Thursday for Rwandan army major Bernard Ntuyahaga to appear in court over the death of 10 Belgian peacekeeping troops in 1994.
8 September 2006
BRUSSELS — Brussels Court issued a summons on Thursday for Rwandan army major Bernard Ntuyahaga to appear in court over the death of 10 Belgian peacekeeping troops in 1994.
The court ruled that federal prosecutor Philippe Meire brought forward better arguments to bring Ntuyahaga before a jury then the defence did to prevent it.
Ntuyahaga will now be called to appear in Brussels Court in 2007 to answer allegations about his role in the death of the Belgian paratroopers.
He is alleged to have taken the troops to the Kigalia army camp on 7 April 1994 and deliberately spreading the hateful rumour that the Belgian soldiers had brought down the plane of President Juvenal Habyarimana.
That rumour is believed to have led to the death of the UN peacekeepers.
Ntuyahaga action's were allegedly intended to move the Belgian paratroopers away from Rwandan Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana, who they were guarding on UN orders.
Uwilingiyimana was scheduled to give a conciliatory speech on radio an hour later. But 30 minutes after the departure of the Belgian troops, he was assassinated.
"This was part of a plan to start the genocide of more than 800,000 Rwandans," investigators said.
Court proceedings will start in the spring of 2007.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news