Former ICTR investigator Michael Hourigan has accused his former boss, chief prosecutor Louise Arbour of having ordered him in 1997 to stop his inquiry into the downing on 6 April 1994 of president Juvenal Habyarimana’s jet. This event is believed to be the immediate cause of the genocide that targeted the Tutsi minority and the political killings that followed.

“I Indicated that she was wrong and she said to me: ‘Are you questioning my authority?’. I said: ‘No. I was questioning your judgment’”, Hourigan said in a teleconference during the Second Conference on the Future of International Criminal Law organized from 21-23 May 2010 by ICTR defence attorney. Hourigan said that informants from within the Rwandese Patriotic Army, the current Rwanda Defence Forces came spontaneously forward and delivered information that ‘it is President Kagame and his own military who downed president Habyarimana’s aircraft’. The video above shows the entire teleconference.

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