French anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere is expected to issue international arrest warrants for nine Rwandan government officials close to the pro-U.S. Rwandan President Paul Kagame for the 1994 missile attack on the presidential aircraft that killed the Rwandan and Burundian Presidents, members of their cabinets and staff, and the French crew.
Although Bruguiere also said Kagame should be brought to trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania on charges of ordering the attack on the aircraft, an act of international terrorism that resulted in the mostly Hutu on Tutsi genocide in Rwanda that led to the deaths of some 800,000 people. As a sitting head of state, Kagame has immunity from prosecution under French law, but he can be prosecuted by the ICTR under international law.
Kagame was trained by the US Army in 1990 and was a U.S. client when he executed the terrorist attack on the "Rwanda One" aircraft. Kagame has also been a frequent visitor to the Bush White House, a supporter of Bush's invasion and occupation of Iraq, and has become a celebrity among certain sectors of the human rights community, having attended several Washington, DC events sponsored by non-profit think tanks and even the Holocaust Museum.
Unbelievably, at a 2005 appearance at a Woodrow Wilson Center function chaired by Lee Hamilton, an official of the Holocaust Museum actually praised Kagame, now a wanted international terrorist, as a man of vision.
Members of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), including their top operatives in Rwanda, Uganda, and the then-Zaire, were aware of the plans for the attack and actually helped train Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) forces in the use of Soviet-made SAM-16 missiles captured by US forces during Operation Desert Storm in the attack on the aircraft.
Bruguiere's determination that Kagame and his US-supported forces were responsible for the missile attack on the aircraft mirror the conclusions found in two books written by this editor:
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