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Kigali calls for an accelerated trial for Kabuye

Video by Kate WILLIAMS

Text by AFP

Latest update : 2008-11-21

Rwanda pleaded in favour of a speedy trial for President Paul Kagame's aide Rose Kabuye, charged with complicity in the murder of the country's former president. She was arrested in Germany under an international warrant issued by France.

Rwanda on Thursday urged a speedy trial of President Paul Kagame's aide charged with complicity in the murder of the country's former president, an act believed to have sparked the 1994 genocide.
   
A French court on Wednesday charged Kagame's chief of protocol Rose Kabuye with "complicity in murder in relation to terrorism," 10 days after being arrested in Germany.
   
"The government demands that Kabuye be tried without delay. That the French court quickly accords her the opportunity to defend herself," Information Minister Louise Mushikiwabo told AFP.
   
"The government and the people of Rwanda are impatiently waiting for justice to be rendered," she added.
   
Kabuye was arrested on November 9 on arrival at Frankfurt airport on a 2006 international warrant issued by French anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere.
   
She was extradited to Wednesday to France, where she was charged, but later freed on condition that she would not leave France without permission and appear when requested by magistrates.
   
"We are demanding a speedy trial. Kabuye is there because someone had political motives. We are impatiently waiting for her return to the country, rejoin her family and resume her duties," Mushikiwabo said.
   
Kabuye is the first Rwandan to be arrested out of nine warrants issued by Bruguiere against close Kagame aides whom he suspected of being behind the death of former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana.
   
Mutual recriminations between Rwanda and France over involvement in the 1994 massacre in which some 800,000 people were killed have roiled ties between the two countries, prompting Kigali broke off ties with Paris after the 2006 arrest warrants.
   
Kagame accuses France of having actively supported the Hutu militias, and the legal dispute has stymied attempts by both governments to re-establish friendly ties 14 years after the massacre.

Date created : 2008-11-20

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