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French court rejects an appeal by Habyarimana's widow

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The Paris Court of Appeal has rejected an attempt by the widow of the late former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana to disallow the results of a ballistics report in connection with her husband’s death.


Agathe Kanziga Habyarimana had challenged the experts’ report which supported the findings that the missiles that brought down the former president’s plane on 6 April 1994 were fired from Kanombe Military Barracks.

The court in Paris on Tuesday rejected an appeal by Agathe Kanziga Habyarimana and confirmed the lower court ruling that the missiles were launched from the barracks.

French judges Marc Trévidic and Nathalie Poux had identified Kanombe Barracks as the launch site of the missile that brought down the plane as it prepared to land at Kigali International Airport.

Trevidic based his findings on the ballistics report to rule that Habyarimana was killed by his inner circle.

Seven senior Rwandan officials were among those accused of involvement in the plot which saw the start of the Genocide against the Tutsi that claimed over a million lives.