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Friday, January 12, 2007

Justice For Rwanda's Former First Lady?

Many are wondering whether Rwanda's former first lady, Mrs. Habyarimana, will ever be tried for her alleged involvement in the Rwandan genocide. According to the BBC, the former first lady fled to France and sought political asylum--which French officials denied. Mrs. Habyarimana, however, continues to reside in France and maintains that her and her family are being used as scapegoats.

Rwanda's Justice Minister, Tharcisse Karugarama, has an entirely different take on the former first lady, describing her to the press as a "category one" genocide suspect, and adding "How can she sit and dine with French security and judicial authorities?... What they should be doing is to apprehend her and bring her before justice in Rwanda or before the ICTR [UN's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda] in Arusha or any other court that can try her." BBC has the details at