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Agathe Habyarimana ready to appear before ICTR

The wife of slain Rwandan leader Juvenal Habyarimana has expressed her willingness to appear before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha to reply to allegations she organised death squads during the 1994 genocide. In her first interview for five years, Agathe Habyarimana told the French daily ‘Liberation’ the accusations were “outrageous”. She said those who killed her husband when his plane was shot down on 6 April 1994 “want to tarnish me or drive me mad”. It was only after her family was evacuated to Paris that she learnt what was happening in Rwanda. She denied that her family had effectively controlled Rwanda during the Habyarimana era and said her conscience was clear. She was therefore ready to answer any questions at the ICTR.

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