Paris Court adjourns Kagame's defamation case to 29 April

Paris- France (PANA) -- A Paris High Court Monday adjourned hearing until 29 April in the defamation suit filed by Rwandan President Paul Kagame against Cameroonian journalist and author, Charles Onana.
Defence Lawyer Eric Sossah sought an adjournment at Monday's inaugural hearing, which lasted for several hours.
Kagame was represented by lawyer Natacha Renaudin, in the case, which attracted hundreds of Rwandans, Congolese and some Africans in Diaspora.
Onana supporters were also in Court.
French Judge Dubreuil is being assisted by two other women Judges Menotti and Poitiu in the trial.
The case emanated from the journalist's book on the "Secrets of the Rwandan Genocide-Investigation: the Mysteries of a President".
Kagame accuses the author of not respecting the principle of "presumption of innocence," in his account of the 1994 missile attack that brought down the plane of the late Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and his Burundian counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira Both African leaders died in the crash along with plane's French pilots.
In his Book, Onana reportedly cited Kagame as a principle suspect in the attack, arguing that the Rwandan leader should face international justice because the downing of the plane provoked the 1994 Rwandan genocide that killed at least half a million people.
Kagame is seeking damages for the alleged defamation.

08 april 2002 17:48:00

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