Rwanda: Kabuye held in France to return home on bail

Rose Kabuye was arrested in Germany last month on an international warrant issued by France.

Rwanda: Kabuye held in France to return home on bail

A senior Rwandan official held in France over the 1994 killing of a Rwandan president will be allowed to return home on bail, the government said on Tuesday.

Rose Kabuye, a close ally of President Paul Kagame, was arrested in Germany last month on an international warrant issued by France. She is accused of involvement in the assassination of former President Juvenal Habyarimana.

His death is blamed for triggering the genocide in which over 800,000 people were killed.

"Her lawyers last week filed for an extension of her bail so she can move out of France and only report when necessary," Information Minister Louise Mushikiwabo told Reuters.

"It was granted late yesterday so she's now free to travel and she's expected in Kigali tomorrow afternoon."

Kabuye is in France after extradition from Germany and her arrest has worsened already strained ties between Kigali and Paris. She has already been released on bail but not allowed to leave France without a judge's permission.

Mushikiwabo said the terms of Kabuye's extended bail are that she reports for trial whenever the court wants her to.

Rwanda has strongly condemned the arrest, saying Kabuye was on official state business and therefore merited diplomatic immunity. Rwanda expelled the German ambassador and recalled its envoy from Berlin.

Rwanda broke off diplomatic ties in 2006 after France issued warrants for Kabuye and other top government officials.

In August, Kigali accused 33 French political and military officials of involvement in the 100 day genocide of minority Tutsis and moderates from the Hutu majority.

"She should have her name cleared of these charges, that's our ultimate desire that she and her co-accused recover their rights because these are indictments that are flawed, they are politically motivated and they shouldn't stand any longer," Mushikiwabo said.

The late president Habyarimana's plane was shot down over Kigali by unknown gunmen in April 1994.

France, a supporter of the Hutu-led regime that ruled Rwanda in the years leading up to the genocide, has always denied any involvement in the genocide.

Reuters
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