Habyarima Plane Probe Report Leaks

cheap geneva;”>President Paul Kagame’s RPF, which had earlier been accused of masterminding the attack, could be exonerated.

The investigation was carried out by French judges Nathalie Poux and Marc Trévidic since Habyarimana’s pilots were French.

Contrary to earlier held reports that Habyarimana’s Falcon was fired at by an RPF commando unit from Masaka Hill in Rwanda, new revelations indicate the dictator’s own guards sent a missile from a presidential protection military unit near his residence.

The development could give Kagame a fresh breath after years of international condemnation and isolation over the incident that plunged Rwanda into genocide.

Over 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed shortly after the Habyarimana plane disaster.

The official report will be made public a few hours from now by the investigating judges.



According to a leak by French journalist Par Christophe Boltanski, when the Rwandan president, Juvenal Habyarimana, took off from Tanzania, April 6, 1994, it’s already dark.

Due to the late hour and insecurity in his country, Habyarimana’s French team tried to convince him to wait until the next day in vain.

The Hutu leader was in a hurry to leave the summit in Dar es Salaam, where, under pressure, he had to promise to finally implement the peace agreement providing for the sharing of power with the Tutsi rebels.

He chose to fly with his Burundian counterpart, Cyprien Ntaryamira, who also attended the meeting.

At 8:21 p.m, the Falcon announced its approach to the control tower at the airport in Kigali.

A second orange flame was seen shooting from the ground and this time on target. At 8:25 p.m, the plane exploded in flight and crashed near the presidential residence.

The dismembered body of Juvenal Habyarimana was found in his own gardens, as well as the remains of three French crew members, Jacky Heraud, Jean-Pierre and Jean-Michel Minaberry Perrine.

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