Of all those targeted for their alleged role in the Rwandan genocide, Felicien Kabuga is certainly one of the luckiest. Indeed, the United Nations Tribunal based in The Hague, in the Netherlands, has decided not to organize a trial for this alleged genocide because, according to it, he cannot stand trial. The argument is put forward: the state of his health.

Machete hander to policemen and conductor of the infamous Free Radio and Television Mill-Collin will not be able to tell the world and the survivors of the horror film of which he will be one of the sinister directors.

We must add to this the fact that an octogenarian was spared a forced return to Rwandan lands stained with the blood of 800,000 victims of 1994 and where surely the power of Paul Kagame would have given him a taste for the rest of his life. … his days are the beginning of the hell that may await him in the future.

In general, with the decision of the UN court to spare him from trial, Felicien Kabuga gets away with it. [Félicien Kabuga, financier présumé du génocide rwandais, qui était en cavale depuis vingt-cinq ans, avait été arrêté en France en 2020].

The non-trial of Kabuga is a great disappointment for the families of the victims. And he should consider himself lucky, unlike 62 other genociders, [parmi lesquels] Augustin Bisimana [Augustin Bizimana, ex-ministre de la Défense, avait été inculpé en 1998 par le TPIR pour 13 chefs d’accusation, dont génocide, extermination, meurtre et autres actes inhumains] and Prote Mpiranya [ancien commandant de la Garde présidentielle rwandaise]tried and sentenced [par contumace, ils sont morts en cavale, respectivement en 2000 et 2006] An international mechanism designed to carry out the residual functions of criminal tribunals [ou IRMCT, le “Mécanisme”]responsible for the completion of the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [et pour le Tribunal pénal international pour l’ex‑Yougoslavie, TPIY].

Close the tragic page

And unlike Fulgens Kayishema [ancien inspecteur de police judiciaire, accusé d’avoir planifié et exécuté le massacre de plus de 2 000 réfugiés à l’église de Nyange, dans le nord du Rwanda]one of the last four fugitives wanted for involvement in the genocide, [et] who was arrested in May in South Africa pending extradition to Rwanda for trial.

One might guess that Kabuga’s failure to go to trial is a great disappointment to the families of the victims of the genocide and to all those who tracked down Kabuga for twenty-five years in order to finally expel him in France and bring him to justice. . At the opening of the trial on September 29, 2022, Rwandans in particular were keen to hear Juvénal Habyarimana’s version of this big vegetable of the regime. [président de la République rwandaise de 1973 à son décès dans un attentat, en 1994]keep crying.

Today, reluctantly, the judges are forced to close the page of the 1994 tragedy. But all is not lost for the victims. Firstly, because the world and the younger generation of Rwandans have had the opportunity to discover one of the ugly perpetrators of the genocide, and secondly, because immanent justice will see to it that justice is done to the victims.