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French Judges to Issue arrest warrants against Kagame’s closest Aides for Assassination of President Habyarimana

Jack Nziza and Nyiragakinga Immaculee

Sources close to the French anti-terrorism prosecution in Paris have informed AfroAmerica Network that the French anti-terrorist Judges Marc Trevin  and Nathalie Poux  will soon issue arrest warrants for six close aides to Rwandan President Paul Kagame. The six are accused of shooting down a plane carrying the late Rwandan  and Burundian Presidents Juvenal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira.

The assassination of the two presidents and their staff, along with  the french crew triggered the Rwandan massacres of 1994.  Those targeted by the arrest warrants are:

– General James Kabarebe, the current Minister of Defense,
– General Jack Nziza, aka Jackson Nkurunziza,  the director of the notorious Rwanda’s Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI),
– Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Kayonga,
– Jacob Tumwine,
– Franck Nziza,
– Eric Hakizimana,
– Samuel Kanyemera,
– and General Kayumba Nyamwasa.

The two French judges have been working on the case for some time, after taking over from the retired Judge Bruguiere. In September 2010 they made a trip to Rwanda and brought in experts to reconstruct the attack. The results, with ballistic reconstructions, are expected in early March 2011 as the arrest warrants are issued. The area from where the missiles were fired was a critical component that helped determine whether the assassins were in government held areas or on a farm suspected to have been used by a rebel commando, led by Frank Nziza and Eric Hakizimana.

According to the same sources, the investigations and ballistic reconstructions have ruled out other areas as potential shooting sites.

On December 16, 2010 the judges travelled to Bujumbura, Burundi to indict six of the accused. They also travelled to South Africa to indict General Kayumba Nyamwasa, now in exile in South Africa. His lawyer Gerald Gahima travelled to Spain to respond to a related indictment (see our articles of September 28, 2010: Former Rwandan Prosecutor General Gahima testifies agains Kagame in Spain). Jacob Tumwine has since the assassination retired from the army. Frank Nziza and Eric Hakizimana are the suspected shooters. However, Eric Hakizimana is allegedly dead.

The former Chief of Protocol Mr. Kagame, Rose Kabuye, also named in the warrants was the person indicted in late 2008, and used to restore the diplomatic relations. According to the same sources in Paris, she has since testified against the others in exchange for dropping charges against her. This collaboration led to her firing from her position as Rwandan Chief of Presidential Protocol (see our September 3, 2010 article: Rwandan Protocol Chief Rose Kabuye Fired).

The case has been a contentious issue between the Rwandan Government of Paul Kagame and the French Government and has led to severed diplomatic relations between Rwanda and France. The relations were eventually restored when France agreed to revisit the case and Rwanda to have one of the accused appear before the French courts.

The impact of the arrest warrants on the relations remains to be seen. Recently pressure from a powerful Rwandan lobby in France has been mounting to force the hand of the judiciary system and dropping the warrants.

[AfroAmerica Network]


1 Mao { 02.22.11 at 3:58 am }

Kayumba Plans to Re-Energize the FDLR – Col. Bisengimana
Kigali — As the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) continues to suffer heavy defeat at the hands of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), armed forces and MONESCO, Rwandan fugitives Kayumba Nyamwasa and Patrick Karegyeya have vowed to re-energize the outfit.
The plans were revealed, over the weekend, by Lt. Col Abraham Sam Bisengimana, a former FDLR Commander who surrendered last week and returned home, owing to what he describes as “wrangles and nepotism” within the ranks of the terrorist group.
Speaking to reporters in Mutobo, Northern Province, Lt. Col. Bisengimana confirmed that in a meeting held in Pretoria, South Africa on January30, 2011 and attended by about 10 people, Kayumba and Karegyeya were designated as intermediaries between the FDLR and the international stakeholders.
In the meeting moderated by Frank Ntwali, Kayumba’s brother-in-law and attended by top FDLR representatives as well as ex-FAR commanders living in Cape Town, Kayumba and Karegyeya committed themselves to the task of procuring weapons and working to sanitize the FDLR, by helping improve its propaganda campaign.
Lt. Col. Bisengimana further told the journalists that Theogene Rudasingwa, Gerald Gahima, Paul Rusesabagina, as well as representatives of the Victoire Ingabire faction of the divided FDU-Inkingi have been organizing meetings in Europe and North America to enlist support.
According to the former FDLR commander, Gahima and Rudasingwa’s Rwanda National Congress (RNC) believes this approach will help gain sympathy for FDLR.
While the meeting resolved to set up a structure in South Africa to co-ordinate their propaganda, it was overshadowed by questions from ex-FAR commanders who wondered whether Kayumba and Karegyeya would be reliable given the senior positions they occupied in the Government of Rwanda.
Lt. Col. Bisengimana disclosed that the ex-FAR representatives’ cynical view of Kayumba and Karegeya was a reflection of Sylvestre Madacumbura’s declaration that while he is prepared to work with the Rwandan fugitives in the short term, if he ever succeeded in returning to Rwanda, he would never work with the Tutsis.
A UN Security Council Group of Experts’ report, last year, revealed that both Kayumba and Karegyeya have strong links with the FDLR and were involved with armed groups in the DRC.
Regional security chiefs, representing the Economic Community of Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL), disclosed that the fugitives, Kayumba Nyamwasa and Patrick Karegyeya, have formed a new armed group based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with the aim of destabilizing the region.
Kayumba, Karegeya, Gahima and Rudasingwa were sentenced to prison, after they were found guilty of forming a terrorist group, threatening state security, undermining public order, promoting ethnic divisions and insulting the person of the President of the Republic.
Bisengimana, who surrendered a weapon he returned with, was received, along with his comrade, John Munyangeyo, by officials from the Rwanda Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission,.
“I was forced to surrender because of internal fighting within our force based on sectarianism and nepotism by General Sylvester Mudacumura our commander,” Bisengimana said.
The 42 year old who joined the army in 1989 was in charge of political and ideological education, as well as mobilizing civilian support and recruitment.
“Mudacumura has brought in people from his home area and given them the authority to do whatever they please and he will not listen to any other views,” added Bisengimana.
Bisengimana, whose area of operation was Masisi in eastern DRC, said that he decided to quit the terrorist outfit after an order to arrest him was issued.
“Our commander sent out an order to get me arrested accusing me of disgracing the FDLR but I was informed by some of my colleagues and escaped. I would have been killed,” Bisengimana said.
He explained his delayed surrender to the lack of information about the true situation in Rwanda, since FDLR soldiers are kept in bondage without any knowledge of the outside world and only being fed on the genocide ideology.
“I do encourage all my comrades who are still in the ranks of FDLR to abandon the bush and return home, since the Rwandan government prefers peace to war,” Bisengimana said.
The colonel said his family lives in Uganda and he is thinking of the appropriate time to have them join him in Rwanda.
In the last three months, Bisengimana has been the fourth senior officer with a rank of Colonel to surrender and return to Rwanda.

2 Rugema { 08.22.12 at 9:30 pm }

He accepts being a terrorist why is he not prosecuted? by who anyway by his fellow terrorist?

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