Civil society relied on the work of the Committee of Historians to demand the resumption of the investigation into the massacre of Bicecero.
The Duclaite Commission’s report on France’s responsibilities in Rwanda (1990-1994) promoted historical work. It was released at the end of March and subsequently declassified nearly 8,000 documents. This was also the starting point for legal proceedings twenty years ago and provided reference materials for legal experts. Or tangle dozens of investigations in France. Therefore, on Thursday, April 22, lawyers from six civil organizations sent a letter to the Judges against Humanity-War Crimes Division, who began an investigation in 2005 to invite them to continue the investigation. And perform new behaviors. The core of this investigation is that during Operation Turquoise organized by France, at the end of June 1994, the Hutus massacred hundreds of Tutsi on the hills of Bicecerro near Lake Kivu.
The complaints of these survivors, especially those filed by the Survie Association, the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and the League of Human Rights (LDH), are targeted to be within three days between June 27 and 30. The French soldiers did not intervene to prevent the period of the Holocaust. negligence? Error while analyzing the situation? The answer lies in the information the soldiers have, their drive belts, and the nature and execution of the decisions subsequently made in Paris.
However, the successful magistrate seemed to limit the investigation to soldiers deployed on the ground, refuting the hypothesis of complicity in the genocide. A committee of historians chaired by Vincent Duclert also refuted this allegation. During the investigation, the indictment was not confirmed, and only the testimony of assisting witnesses was heard. In June 2019, the judge refused to continue the investigation, but the prosecution was cautious and still did not make a request. “This may be related to the fact that we are waiting for Duclert to report. Forward ME Patrick Baudouin, FIDH lawyer. Given this document, it seems impossible to limit the investigation to miniatures of the soldiers on the spot. “ The possible meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and Rwandan President Paul Kagame in May may arouse interest in French lawsuits.
Letter to the judge questioning their refusal “Seek the truth in the entourage of the head of the army and the President of the Republic at the time.” The courier thinks “Political or Military Advisor” François Mitterrand and senior officials of the Ministry of Defense should be heard and even prosecuted. Eight people were mentioned, including Hubert Vedrina, then Secretary General of the Elysee Palace, François Leotta, Minister of Defense, Bruno Delard, the President’s African Advisor, or Christian Ques, the President’s Personal Chief of Staff General Nott.
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