13.11.07 - RWANDA/FRANCE - STRIKE DEFERS THE EXAMINATION OF THE EXTRADITION REQUEST OF KAMALI

  Paris, 13 November 2007 (FH) - The Court of Appeal of Paris should defer Wednesday to a later date the examination of the extradition request of Isaac Kamali, a Rwandan that received French citizenship in 2002, wanted by Rwanda for his alleged involvement in the 1994 genocide, it was reported Tuesday from legal sources.   
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This adjournment is justified by the public transport strike which begins Tuesday evening and which is likely to paralyse the French capital, the same sources specified.
 
Isaac Kamali, born in 1949, accused by the Rwandan government of genocide and crime against humanity, was arrested by the French police at the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport on 14 August 2007 after being sent back by the United States, his name being on the list of the 93 persons wanted by Rwanda via Interpol.
 
Kamali, placed in detention following his arrest, was released on 14 August. He is suspected by the Rwandan authorities of having contributed to the genocide in his commune of Nyabikenke (Prefecture de Gitarama)
 
This extradition request formulated by Rwanda will be the first examined by the investigating chamber of the Court of Appeal of Paris; which, until now, was only seized by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha (Tanzania).
 
Mr. Kamali, was naturalized French in 2002 after having been allowed in this country as a refugee. He is in the 26th position on the list of the 93 persons wanted by Rwanda. He lives in the south-west of France, where he teaches sciences, legal sources specified.
 
The diplomatic relations between France and Rwanda were broken in November 2006 following the issuance of arrest warrants against nine close relations of President Paul Kagame; that was within the framework of the investigation into the attack against the plane of President Juvénal Habyarimana on 6 April 1994, considered to be the trigger of the genocide. French justice estimates that the current president ordered this attack. An accusation refuted by Kigali.
 
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