Rwanda files complaint against France

19th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

THE HAGUE, April 18, 2007 (AFP) - Rwanda has filed a complaint with the UN's highest court over a French judge issuing arrest warrants against close associates of President Paul Kagame, Rwandan officials told AFP Wednesday.

THE HAGUE, April 18, 2007 (AFP) - Rwanda has filed a complaint with the UN's highest court over a French judge issuing arrest warrants against close associates of President Paul Kagame, Rwandan officials told AFP Wednesday.

Rwanda says the warrants issued as part of an investigation into the death of Kagame's predecessor "violate its sovereignty and curtail its capacity to function freely and normally as a sovereign state" and "set a dangerous precedent".

The complaint was filed with the International Court of Justice (ICJ), but is unlikely to come before the United Nations judges as France does not recognise the competence of the ICJ in this case.

The ICJ said Wednesday that it had received the complaint but explained in a press release that no action will be taken unless France agrees to have the court settle the dispute.

Last November, Jean-Louis Bruguiere, France's top anti-terrorism judge issued warrants for nine top Rwandan officials and said Kagame should face trial for the assassination of his predecessor, Juvenal Habyarimana.

Bruguiere is heading an investigation into the deadly 1994 attack against Rwanda's former president that triggered the African nation's genocide in which some 800,000 people perished.

The international arrest warrants state that the nine officials, all close associates of Kagame, are wanted for assassination or complicity in assassination.


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