A probe in France has overturned 16 years of pointing the finger of blame at Rwanda’s Tutsi rebels for killing the former president in 1994 and triggering a genocide that cost 800,000 lives.
The French previously ruled in 2006 that rebel leader and now President Paul Kagame had shot down the Hutu leader Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane.
“The findings of the ballistic experts confirm the theory that the missiles were launched from Kanombe camp. This means that today we can put an end to the more than 16 years of manipulation and lies in this affair,” said Kagame’s defence lawyer Bernhard Maingain in Paris.
The findings seem to indicate the missiles could not have come from the base near the airport occupied by Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front.
They add weight to the theory Hutu militants angry with President Habyarimana’s moderation killed him to provide the excuse to go on a rampage which killed so many people so quickly, almost before the world could sit up and intervene.