Rwanda opens probe into French genocide role

10th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

KIGALI, April 10, 2006 (AFP) - Rwanda has established an official panel to probe allegations that France played a role in the tiny central Africa nation's 1994 genocide that claimed 800,000 lives, officials said Monday. In a statement, the government said the panel would look into accusations that France trained and armed those responsible for the massacres and helped some of them flee in the aftermath. The six-member inquiry team, formed last week, will be headed by Attorney General Jean de Dieu Mucyo an

KIGALI, April 10, 2006 (AFP) - Rwanda has established an official panel to probe allegations that France played a role in the tiny central Africa nation's 1994 genocide that claimed 800,000 lives, officials said Monday.
 
In a statement, the government said the panel would look into accusations that France trained and armed those responsible for the massacres and helped some of them flee in the aftermath.
 
The six-member inquiry team, formed last week, will be headed by Attorney General Jean de Dieu Mucyo and includes a researcher, a lawyer, a former military officer and two women, the statement said.
 
Kigali has repeatedly accused Paris of abetting the genocide, but France has denied having a hand in the 100-day killing spree by extremist Hutu militia against minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
 
Last year, a former French soldier alleged that French troops had trained Rwandan civilian militia in the two years leading up to the 1994 genocide.
 
A French military tribunal is currently investigating claims by six Rwandan Tutsis who filed a complaint accusing French troops of being complicit "in genocide and/or crimes against humanity."
 
French soldiers were deployed to southwestern Rwanda under a UN mandate in the final weeks of the genocide to set up and secure a humanitarian zone, but have been accused of allowing radical Hutus to enter Tutsi camps.

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