Involvement of the BNP Paribas in the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda : Opening of the legal inquiry and nomination of an investigation judge

 Involvement of the BNP Paribas in the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda :
Opening of the legal inquiry and nomination of an investigation judge

 

Paris, 26th of September 2017 :

Following the complaint Sherpa, the Collectif des parties civiles pour le Rwanda (CPRC or coalition of civil parties for Rwanda) and IBUKA France lodge against BNP Paribas for complicity in genocide and crimes against humanity, the three organizations are pleased to see the opening of the legal inquiry and the nomination of the investigation judge Alexandre Baillon – from the crime against humanity department of the Paris High Court.

 

The investigation judge will be in charge of the legal inquiry following the civil action of the Collectif des parties civiles pour le Rwanda (CPCR), IBUKA France and Sherpa. These organizations hope that this nomination will guarantee that all the necessary and useful means will be provided to the inquiry to uncover the truth.

 

Marie-Laure Guislain, head of legal proceedings for Sherpa, believes that : « The opening of the inquiry highlights that the French legal system is ready to investigate the potential involvement of financial institutions in conflict zones and more generally in serious violations of human rights. »

 

Press contacts :

  • Lisa Rieux, communication officer Sherpa : +33 (0)1 42 21 33 25, rieux@asso-sherpa.org
  • Le Collectif des Parties Civiles pour le Rwanda : Alain Gauthier, president : +250 78 876 43 11