The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) yesterday welcomed the report by a team of French judges on the death of former President Juvenal Habyarimana.
In a press statement, a copy of which The New Times obtained, ICGLR said that the report is very important as it helps to unearth the truth about the incident, which sparked off the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
“The ICGLR would like to congratulate the Government of Rwanda in view of the fact that the side of the story which the Government had always credited has been confirmed by an independent reliable source,” the statement reads in part.
In their report, the French team confirms that the missiles were fired from Kanombe Military Barracks, where elements of the former presidential guard, the para-commando battalion, and most importantly, the Anti Aircraft Battalion (LAA), were based.
“This report is the outcome of an investigation carried out by six experts mandated by Judge Marc Trévidic, which disqualifies the assumptions of Judge Bruguière, who is accused of not carrying out prior investigations on the ground to corroborate his conclusions,” the statement adds.
Several legal minds and political scientists have argued that there can’t be any more lessons to prove that the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was pre-planned.
The ICGLR attached a lot of credence to the report, saying that Judges Marc Trévidic and Nathalie Poux made tremendous efforts to investigate facts on the ground, analysis of collision points of the missiles, simulations and witness accounts of people who heard the firing of the missiles in Kigali.