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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kanziga's Extradition Case Set for Late June

The Court of Appeal of Paris in France this Wednesday set June 29 as the date for the hearing of the extradition request filed against Agathe Kanziga, widow to former Rwandan President, the late Juvenal Habyarimana.
However, the judges maintained that Kanziga remains under judicial supervision until her hearing.
Rwanda on October 19, 2009 issued an international warrant of arrest for Kanziga accusing her of being a key member of the inner circle (Akazu) that planned the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
On February 13, 2007, Collectif des Parties Civiles pour le Rwanda (CPCR), an association of civil society groups based in France that advocates for the rights of Rwandan genocide survivors had lodged a complaint in a Paris court against Kanziga on charges of complicity in genocide.
Kanziga, 69, was present in court accompanied by her relatives but refused to talk to the waiting press. She was briefly detained on March 2, 2010 but later released.
Kanziga has been living in France since 1998. She applied for asylum in 2005 but her application was finally rejected by the State Council in October 2009 after five years of legal proceedings.

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