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Former First Lady Can’t Erase Genocide Label

The Paris Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal request by the widow of former Rwanda’s President Juvenal Habyarimana to end a probe into claims she played a role in the 1994 genocide. Agathe Habyarimana has been under investigation since 2007 for “complicity in genocide and crimes against humanity. She is suspected of being one of the masterminds of the genocide that claimed the lives of over 800,000 Tutsis in 1994. The request was deemed inadmissible on formal grounds, the source said. “It is not a question of the merits of the case but of legal arguments,” said her lawyer, Philippe Meilhac, on Monday. In 2016, she was placed under the status of assisted witness, an intermediary between a witness and an accused, and has not been questioned since. Now aged 78, she appealed against the probe and requested the judges to dismiss the investigations.