Rwandan suspect being handed to France

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German prosecutors say a top Rwandan official will be handed Wednesday to France, which sought her in connection with the assassination that sparked the African nation's 1994 genocide.

Rose Kabuye was detained in Frankfurt in connection with the attack on the plane carrying Rwanda's then-president.

Hutu extremists accused Tutsi rebels led by Paul Kagame -- now Rwanda's president -- of shooting down the plane and launched the ethnic killings. The rebels said Hutus carried out the assassination as a pretext.

Kagame's government claims France armed the Hutu militias and government troops who led the genocide.

Kabuye is Kagame's chief of protocol. French authorities allege she housed Tutsi commandos blamed for downing the plane. She denies involvement.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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