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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mutsinzi Report On The Rwandan Genocide Reveals Assassination Was A Coup

I have obtained, and am posting here, the first English-language copy of a massive new report by a Rwandan investigative commission into the assassination of President Juvénal Habyarimana, the country's long-time dictator, whose plane was shot down by a pair of surface-to-air missiles and crashed in the backyard of his own palace on the night of April 6, 1994. As I have reported in my 1995 New Yorker article "After the Genocide" and in my book "We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda," Hutu Power extremists used Habyarimana's assassination as the pretext for going ahead with their plans for a genocide of the Tutsi minority--a program of massacres in which close to a million Tutsis were murdered in the next hundred days.

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