Widow of Rwanda Ex-President Arrested in Paris for Genocide Crimes

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
March 3, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

A picture taken on April 14, 1977, shows the wife of Juvenal Habyarimana, Agathe, during an official meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Agathe Kanzinga, widow of Juvenal Habyarimana, was arrested on March 2 near Paris after Rwandan authorities requested her extradition. (AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on April 14, 1977, shows the wife of Juvenal Habyarimana, Agathe, during an official meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Agathe Kanzinga, widow of Juvenal Habyarimana, was arrested on March 2 near Paris after Rwandan authorities requested her extradition. (AFP/Getty Images)
French police arrested Agathe Habyarimana, the widow of Rwanda’s former President Juvenal Habyarimana, on accusations of involvement in the 1994 genocide where over 800,000 were killed.

It is unclear if Ms. Habyarimana will be extradited to her homeland partly due to fears of an unfair trial.

Her arrest comes following improved diplomatic relations between Rwanda and France in 2009. The two countries mutually accused each other of having strong connections to the genocide.

President Habyarimana died in 1994 when his plane was shot down, which sparked the deadly conflict and led to mass killings done by the Hutu, his ethnic supporters.