Congolese general faces massacre probe in France

PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor has placed under investigation a Congolese general accused of crimes against humanity stemming from an alleged 1999 massacre of hundreds of refugees.

A lawyer for Gen. Norbert Dabira says he will contest the Paris prosecutor’s decision on procedural grounds, saying there was no new information to justify changing Dabira’s status from assisting witness in the investigation.

The lawyer, Caty Richard, said Friday that Dabira lives in France and must appear for questioning if asked but is otherwise free to travel.

The ruling on Thursday came six years after France’s high court ordered the reopening of an investigation into the alleged massacre of 350-450 refugees who returned to Brazzaville after fleeing Congo’s civil war.

The authorities in Congo have denied any massacre.

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