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Tutsi genocide in Rwanda: a former gendarme sent back to the assizes

2021-09-24T04:08:57.624Z

Refugee in France under a false identity, Philippe Hategekimana is suspected of having killed Tutsis and inciting civilians to commit suicide.



The decision was due in May, it was finally on Monday that a former Rwandan gendarme suspected of having participated in the massacres of Tutsi civilians during the genocide in Rwanda was confirmed that he was going to be brought before an assize court. .

Two investigating judges from the Paris judicial court on Monday ordered a trial for "genocide, crimes against humanity and participation in a group formed for the preparation of these crimes" against Philippe Hategekimana, naturalized French in 2005 under the name of Philippe Manier, said Thursday the national anti-terrorism prosecution (PNAT), which also deals with crimes against humanity.

Former chief warrant officer at the gendarmerie of Nyanza, in the prefecture of Butare (south), Philippe Manier, 65 years old today, is suspected of the murder of dozens of Tutsis, including that of a bourgmestre who resisted the execution of the genocide in his commune, Narcisse Nyagasaza

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and to have "ordered the erection of barriers" on the springs of several Rwandan communes, "by encouraging the civilians present to kill the Tutsis", according to the order of the judges, including the AFP has knowledge. "According to testimonies, he gave orders to the gendarmes who executed themselves and participated himself in operations and attacks", write the magistrates.

The gendarme had left Rwanda after the genocide.

He arrived in France in 1999, where he obtained refugee status under a false identity.

Residing in the Rennes region, he had reconverted as a security agent and had been naturalized French in 2005. He had left France for Cameroon a few months before his arrest.

Arrested at the end of March 2018 in Yaoundé and extradited a year later, he was indicted on February 15, 2019 and placed in pre-trial detention.

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He disputes the facts with which he is accused.

His lawyers announced that they would "carefully analyze the arraignment order and file all necessary appeals."

Philippe Hategekimana-Manier is the 8th accused returned to the assizes in France for crimes committed during this genocide, which left more than 800,000 dead according to the UN, mainly Tutsis exterminated between April and July 1994. 33 complaints were made. filed by Dafroza and Alain Gauthier who have been tracking those responsible for the genocide for more than 20 years.

Source: leparis

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