Rwandan leader's widow denied asylum in France

15th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 15, 2007 (AFP) - The widow of Rwanda's former president Juvenal Habyarimana, whose murder sparked the 1994 genocide, has had a plea for asylum turned down by France because she may have played a part in encouraging the killings, officials said Thursday.

PARIS, Feb 15, 2007 (AFP) - The widow of Rwanda's former president Juvenal Habyarimana, whose murder sparked the 1994 genocide, has had a plea for asylum turned down by France because she may have played a part in encouraging the killings, officials said Thursday.

 An appeal body confirmed a January 4 ruling by the refugee office OFPRA, which said that Agathe Habyarimana may have taken part "as a instigator or accomplice" in the "crime of genocide".

Habyarimana, who has lived in France since she was evacuated by French troops after the genocide, applied for asylum in 2004.

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