Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Rwanda calls for former first lady's arrest

The Rwandan government has demanded that France (with whom Kigali broke diplomatic relations not long ago) arrest Agathe Habyrimana, wife of the assassinated former dictator Juvénal Habyrimana. Rwanda's justice minister accused the former first lady of being one of the main plotters of the 1994 genocide. Mrs. Habyrimana was seen by many as a Lady MacBeth-like figure running things behind the scenes but she claims she's been a scapegoat for the massacres. She recently applied for, but was denied, refugee status in France. The French refugee agency stated that there were "serious reasons... to believe that she participated as instigator or accomplice in committing genocide," though they have refused to act on a longstanding extradition request.

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