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Investigation requested into death of Lt. Abdul Ruzibiza, key witness in the genocide-trigger assassination of President Habyarimana in 1994

Abdul Ruzibiza, key witness in Habyarimana assassination

Kigali – A lawyer for Rwandan officials indicted by French judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere for assassinating ex-President Juvenal Habyarimana is of the view that the death of Joshua Abdul Ruzibiza may not be due to natural causes.

Belgian attorney Bernard Maingain has asked Marc Trevidic, the judge who took over the case from Bruguiere, to request more details on the circumstances of Ruzibiza’s death.

Lt. Ruzibiza, 40, died Thursday in Oslo where he has been living for over a decade. The former RPF lieutenant claimed in a book that he was part of the commando unit that shot the President Habyarimana plane down and became the key witness in the investigation launched in 2006 by the French anti-terror judge.

Ruzibiza had retracted several of his claims when he was heard in France following the arrest of former chief of protocol Rose Kabuye. He said then that he made up the claims to get close to the French to “understand why they hated Tutsis”.

Ruzibiza was heard again recently by Trevidic in Norway and, according to an excerpt of the hearing published by French magazine Mariannne, Ruzibiza claimed he had gone back on his earlier revelations following intimidation from Kigali.

Now the defense wants answers.
I have asked Trevidic to contact the police and judicial authorities in Norway and demand that it be urgently established whether the death was of natural causes,” Bernard Maingain told French news agency AFP by phone.

I had not heard anything about him being sick,” he said.

Maingain was part of a group of experts, including Judge Trevidic, who were in Rwanda earlier this month to hear witnesses and visit sites related to the Habyarimana plane shooting.

He told AFP that there was much more to the hearing than what was published by the magazine ‘Marianne’ and said of Ruzibiza: “We have lost somebody who could have provided very interesting explanations on how the investigation was manipulated under Bruguiere.”


1 AUGUSTIN M. MUGABO { 09.25.10 at 10:21 am }

I would assume plaintiffs in this case became angry with Ruzibiza, the mastermind, changing his story. Out of anguish and frustration, I suspect Lt. Ruzibiza was poisoned and killed because he betrayed his earlier ambitions.

Come what may, the French have lost.

2 manyamuala { 09.25.10 at 8:09 pm }

You must not forget the murder of the defense attorney, Law Professor Jwani Mwaikusa, in Tanzania.The only items taken in that murder were his defense papers! The assassins went as far as rubbing out eye witnesses who had come to his rescue. They wanted to ensure their identifications would be impossible.
This is how organized crime syndicate to which Kagame and his investors belong operates! They want to ensure that the real reasons behind the 1994 Rwandan genocide get permanently buried. If misinformation cannot work, then assassinating anybody with any embarrassing information must be implemented.
The problem is: getting away with killing 10,000,000 HUMAN BEINGS may be difficult to hide for good! There are people out there who know the facts!

3 KAMUZINZI { 09.26.10 at 10:38 am }

I always believed that Abdul didnt just die I am sure Kagame is behind it Kagame is the only person who has killed so many people during his existence in this world he should be written in the guiness book of records.Kagame killed Ruzibiza too

4 MUGABO, AUGUSTIN { 09.27.10 at 1:04 pm }

I suspect French in the death of Lt. Abdul because he humiliated them.

5 Justin Rwema { 10.06.11 at 2:16 am }

What Africa needs is peace and stability and not wars. We are in the learning process. There is no perfect African and we are not going to get one soon. We need to learn from the more experienced countries and move a head with development. Forget about individual and look at the systems and structures as a whole. We should learn from the past but gradual push a head into the future and not backwards.

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