KIGALI Rwanda (Ximnhua) --
Rwandan government on Monday said it welcomes
French judges’ decision to close the investigation of nine
Rwandan officials for former Rwandan President Juvenal
Habyarimana’s plane crash.
The crash occurred
in April 1994, which triggered the 100-day genocide.
government has learned of the decision by judges Jean-Marc
Herbaut and Nathalie Poux who handle the case to definitively
close the “politically-motivated” investigation without charges
due to lack of evidence, it said in a statement.
government welcomes the decision which brings to an end a
“brazen attempt” to obstruct justice for the Rwandan genocide
and prevent accountability for both the perpetrators and their
willful accomplices, Rwandan foreign minister and government
spokesperson Richard Sezibera said in the statement.
genocide claimed about one million people, mainly ethnic Tutsis.
diplomatic relations with France in 2006 following the issue by
a French judge of nine arrest warrants against Rwandan officials
in the case of the attack on the aircraft.
Even with the
restoration of the diplomatic ties in 2009, the long-running
case has been hindering the relationship between Rwanda and
France’s role during
the genocide has for years been the subject of intense scrutiny
and much controversy, with both Paris and Kigali trying to pin
responsibility on the other for the genocide.
While Rwanda has
repeatedly accused France of backing the genocidal regime
government, allegedly arming and training the Hutu ethnic group
perpetrators responsible for the mass murder during genocide,
France has denied the accusations of murder, insisting its
forces worked to protect the civilians.