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Investigate Paul Kagame – groups

2012-08-17 13:30

Amsterdam - Rwandan and Congolese groups opposed to Rwanda President Paul Kagame's rule have asked the International Criminal Court to investigate him for alleged war crimes for backing rebel groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the Hague, Netherlands-based court has not said whether she plans to investigate Kagame. She is already investigating militia leaders in DRC with ties to his regime.

The demand for action on Friday follows a report by the UN accusing top Rwandan officials of helping to create, and arm the current M23 rebellion within DRC. A bipartisan group of US legislators sent Kagame a letter on 3 August saying they were "convinced" Rwanda is fomenting unrest across the border.

Several Western countries including Germany have suspended some aid to Rwanda as a result.