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France launches investigation into ex-Rwandan military intelligence chief during genocide

July 25, 2020

The French counter-terrorism prosecutor has announced the opening of a preliminary investigation into possible crimes against humanity against Aloys Ntiwiragabo, the former head of military intelligence during the Rwandan genocide. French sources of justice have confirmed this to the data protection authority.

Aloys Ntiwiragabo was, according to French media, the head of military intelligence during the Rwandan genocide, which killed around 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus between April and June 1994. It is reported that he is currently in France, but the authorities have not officially confirmed this.

According to the French news agency AFP, which quotes a judicial officer, no complaint was filed against this 72-year-old Rwandan, who is not claimed by the French or Rwandan judicial authorities.

France launches investigation into ex-Rwandan military intelligence chief during genocideFrance launches investigation into ex-Rwandan military intelligence chief during genocide

In 1994, almost 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in the genocide in Rwanda. Mediapart, a digital media company, unveiled the case on Friday and found that the alleged crimes have been under investigation for seven months.

In May Felicien Kabuga, over 80 years old and considered the “brain” of genocide, was arrested in Paris after escaping the judiciary more than two decades ago.

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