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World Rwanda. French justice seized of the leak of genocidaires allowed in 1994

03:05  24 february  2021
03:05  24 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

Rwanda: France let those responsible for the genocide escape in 1994

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Ce télégramme, dévoilé par Mediapart et consulté par l’AFP le 15 février, a été retrouvé dans les archives d’un conseiller du président François Mitterrand. © Simon Wohlfahrt / AFP This telegram, unveiled by Mediapart and consulted by AFP on February 15, was found in the archives of an adviser to President François Mitterrand .

Associations and survivors of the genocide in Rwanda ask French justice for new investigations after the discovery of a telegram.

Associations and survivors of the genocide in Rwanda ask the French justice to investigate the instructions given in 1994 by France not to question the authorities responsible for the massacres of Tutsi , according to their letter consulted Tuesday by the 'AFP.

The lawyers of Survie, the International Federation of Human Rights and six survivors wrote to this effect to the magistrates in charge of the investigation into the possible responsibilities of the military-humanitarian operation Turquoise during the Bisesero massacres at the end of June 1994.

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Relaunch the investigations

Relying on the recent revelation of a diplomatic telegram, they ask the magistrates to relaunch and broaden their investigations, in particular by hearing Alain Juppé, then Minister of Affairs foreigners, and that of his advisor at the time, Bernard Emié, current head of the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE).

This telegram " confidential diplomacy" of July 15, 1994, signed by Mr. Emié, asked the representative of the Quai d'Orsay at Operation Turquoise to transmit to those responsible for genocide, by "indirect channels" , the " want them to leave the Safe Humanitarian Zone" then controlled by the French military.

"You will stress that the international community and in particular the United Nations should very soon determine the conduct to be followed with regard to these so-called authorities", continued the text.

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This telegram, unveiled by Mediapart and consulted by AFP on February 15, was found in the archives of an adviser to President François Mitterrand by researcher François Graner, a member of Survie.

"A new element"

It was addressed to Ambassador Yannick Gérard in response to his request on the fate of these authorities, whom he suggested to be arrested or placed under house arrest.

The lawyers ask that he too be heard as well as Hubert Védrine, Secretary General of the Élysée at the material time.

This telegram "is undoubtedly a new element" likely to relaunch the investigation, "in particular in that it highlights the active support of the highest French authorities for Rwandan officials", write lawyers Eric Plouvier , Olivier Foks, Laure Heinich, Karine Bourdie, Patrick Baudoin and Michel Tubiana.

These civil parties, who accuse Turquoise of having knowingly abandoned hundreds of Tutsis from the Bisesero hills to the genocidaires from June 27 to 30, 1994, have been trying for three years to relaunch the investigations. These were closed without prosecution in the summer of 2018, paving the way for a dismissal that has yet to be pronounced.

According to the UN, around 800,000 people, mainly in the Tutsi minority, were killed in three months in Rwanda in massacres unleashed after the attack on President Habyarimana's plane on April 6, 1994.

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