The ‘inconvenient’ Mrs Habyarimana straining France-Rwanda ties


France’s highest court has refused to extradite Habyarimana, while French authorities have also refused to grant her asylum, leaving her in legal limbo

The fate of an elderly Rwandan widow, who has spent decades trying to avoid a trial for genocide while living in France, is one of the key sticking points in the delicate process of reconciliation undertaken by Paris and Kigali in recent months.

The years-long probe has frustrated activist Alain Gauthier, who has spent two decades building cases against genocide suspects, together with his Rwandan-born wife Dafroza.



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