Genocide in Rwanda: man indicted in Paris for “genocide” and “crimes against humanity”

the essential A man born in Rwanda in 1949, suspected of being involved in the genocide of the Tutsi, has been indicted Thursday.

A man born in Rwanda in 1949, suspected of being involved in the genocide of the Tutsi, was indicted Thursday by a Parisian examining magistrate in particular for “genocide “and” crimes against humanity, “said the National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office (PNAT).

Targeted by a judicial investigation opened in 2009, Isaak Kamali was placed under judicial control.

According to the PNAT press release, which confirms information from the Parisian, he is accused of “his involvement in the genocide of the Tutsi committed in 1994 in Rwanda, in particular within the remit of the Gitarama prefecture “.

Contacted by AFP, his lawyer declined to comment.

“Things will accelerate?”

According to the PNAT, which also follows the files of crimes against humanity, he contested the facts with which he is accused during his first appearance before the examining magistrate.

The septuagenarian, naturalized French, lives near Troyes (Aube), we learned from a source close to the file.

“It is a surprise so much the file is old”, reacted Alain Gauthier, co-founder of the Collective of the civil parties of Rwanda (CPCR), which had lodged a complaint in February 2009 against him.

“Following the promises of Emmanuel Macron” to prosecute the genocidal refugees in France, “things will accelerate?” He asked. “We can only rejoice at this news, even if we are far from the Assize Court”.

Isaac Kamali had been sentenced in absentia in 2003 by a Rwandan court to the death penalty, but this sentence was later “annulled” due to changes in Rwandan law, according to the complaint of the CPCR consulted by AFP.

However, he then remained in the sights of the Rwandan justice system.

In 2008, he was arrested at the Parisian airport of Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle while returning from the United States and Kigali had demanded his extradition, a request rejected by French justice.

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