French judges have dropped their long-running investigation into the deadly 1994 attack on former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, which sparked the country’s genocide, a legal source told AFP on Wednesday.
The probe has been a major source of tension between the two countries after seven people close to current Rwandan President Paul Kagame were charged in the French investigation.
Philippe Meilhac, lawyer for Habyarimana’s widow Agathe, told AFP that plaintiffs in the case would appeal the decision to scrap the investigation.
French prosecutors had requested the probe be dismissed in October due to insufficient evidence against the seven suspects.
At the time, lawyers for Habyarimana’s widow called the prosecutors’ move “unacceptable” and “largely politically motivated”. Read more