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Rwanda investigators wrap up probe into alleged French role in Rwandan genocide

[JURIST] Rwandan investigators delivered a report Friday to Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website; BBC profile] on alleged French involvement in the 1994 genocide [HRW backgrounder; BBC backgrounder] in the African nation. Specific details have not yet been disclosed, but Rwandan Attorney General Tharcisse Karugarama told Reuters that "the report does implicate very heavily different key players in the Rwandan genocide." He added that the report will not be made public until authorities "analyze it and take necessary action in regard to the recommendations." France has denied allegations that its forces trained militias responsible for the genocide. Reuters has more.

Rwanda began the probe [JURIST report] into France's alleged role in the genocide late last year after Kagame publicly accused [JURIST report] France of supporting the 1994 genocide by providing Hutu militias with training and weapons. The African nation severed diplomatic ties [JURIST report] with France last year after a report filed by French anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere [BBC profile] implicated Kagame in the 1994 killing of then-Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana [Britannica profile]. The downing of the plane carrying the Hutu leader sparked the genocide in which more than 800,000 people were killed in the span of 100 days. Kagame has denied any involvement in the downing of his predecessor's plane. In October, the Rwandan government established a commission [JURIST report] to investigate the circumstances surrounding the 1994 assassination.

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