a septuagenarian indicted in Paris



A man suspected of being involved in the Rwandan genocide in 1994 was indicted by a Parisian examining magistrate on September 16, 2021.


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A man suspected of being involved in the Rwandan genocide in 1994 was indicted by a Parisian examining magistrate on September 16, 2021.

Suspected of being involved in the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994, Isaac Kamal, a septuagenarian naturalized French and living near Troyes, was placed under judicial control. His indictment follows a complaint filed in 2009. He was convicted in absentia in 2003 by a Rwandan court.

A man born in Rwanda in 1949, suspected of being involved in the genocide of Tutsi, was indicted, Thursday, September 16, by a Parisian examining magistrate, in particular for “genocide” and “crimes against humanity”, indicated the national antiterrorist prosecution (PNAT).

Targeted by a judicial investigation opened in 2009, Isaak Kamali was placed under judicial control.

According to the PNAT press release, which confirms information from the Parisian, he is accused of “his involvement in the genocide of the Tutsi committed in Rwanda in 1994, in particular within the remit of the prefecture of Gitarama”. Contacted by AFP, his lawyer declined to comment.

The PNAT, which also monitors crimes against humanity, indicates that he contested the facts with which he is accused during his initial examination before the investigating judge.

A septuagenarian naturalized French and living near Troyes

“It is a surprise so much the file is old”, reacted to AFP Alain Gauthier, co-founder of the Collectif des parties civiles du Rwanda (CPCR), who had lodged a complaint in February 2009 against him.

“Following the promises of Emmanuel Macron” to prosecute the genocidal refugees in France, “things will accelerate?” He asked. “We can only rejoice at this news, even if we are far from the Assize Court”.

Isaac Kamali is a septuagenarian naturalized French and living near Troyes (Aube), according to a source close to the file. He had been sentenced in absentia in 2003 by a Rwandan court to the death penalty, but this sentence was then “annulled” due to changes in Rwandan law, according to the CPCR’s complaint consulted by AFP. However, he then remained in the sights of the Rwandan justice system.

In 2008, he was arrested at the Parisian airport of Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle while returning from the United States and Kigali had demanded his extradition, a request rejected by the French justice.

With AFP

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