French prosecutors ask judges to drop claims of French role in Rwandan genocide



LAW TVFrench lead prosecutor, Remy Heitz, says the investigations carried out by the French government could not prove direct involvement of French troops in the Rwandan genocide and asked the investigating magistrates to drop the case.

The investigation centers on the 991-page report that was published by the Research Commission on the French Archives relating to Rwanda and the Tutsi genocide, known as the Duclert Commission.

In March, the Duclert Commission’s report found that France was not complicit in the Rwandan genocide, but that France bears responsibility for its failure to act.

The investigation targets five French military officers who were involved with the UN-backed Operation Turquoise.

Although the Duclert Commission found that France was not complicit in the genocide, the complementary report issued by the Rwandan government and prepared by Robert Muse of the US-based law firm, Levy Firestone Muse, found that French political interests in Africa were directly responsible for France’s complacency and failure to take action in the early days of the Rwandan genocide.

The claims were originally brought in December of 2005 by human rights activists and survivors of the genocide.

The final decision for whether the claims will be dropped is at the discretion of the French investigating magistrates.

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