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Vol 51 No 2

Published 22nd January 2010


Murder mystery solved

Two years of inquiries by a Rwandan committee of experts have ended in the conclusion widely accepted at the time: the Falcon 50 carrying President Juvénal Habyarimana was shot down on 6 April 1994 by Rwandan Hutu extremist soldiers and there was plenty of warning. The Comité Indépendant d'Experts, chaired by Jean Mutsinzi, heard from Major Bernard Ntuyahaga of the presidential security unit that in 1993 the President had refused to fly even to the funerals of the Burundian and Ivorian presidents. That December, the extremist Hutu newspaper Kangura predicted his murder in March, because he had made a power-sharing deal with the Tutsi-led Front Patriotique Rwandais (FPR).

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