African Women Voices
The trial has begun in Paris of a former Rwandan intelligence officer accused of complicity in the genocide in his country twenty years ago. Pascal Simbikangwa denies the charges against him. The Rwandan Justice minister, Johnston Busingye has described the trial – the first of its kind in France – as belated, but a good sign. He added that many suspects linked to the genocide have been living for years in French territories and they too should be tried, or extradited to Rwanda. One of the men responsible for ensuring the case went to trial, Alain Gauthier – a retired French schoolteacher – told Focus on Africa he believes France has been slow to act because cases against genocide suspects raise questions about France’s role in the Rwandan conflict.