Thursday, October 21, 2010

Kagame regime demands Professor Peter Erlinder's retun to Kigali, to stand trial

In May, Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza went to court in Kigali, Rwanda, in support of her American lawyer Peter Erlinder, who was arrested within a week of traveling there to defend her.   The Kagame regime has now arrested her, again, and demanded that Professor Erlinder return to Kigali, to stand trial, in the wake of the UN report documenting Rwanda's and neighboring armies' atrocities in Congo.     

The Kagame regime continues on the offensive in the wake of the "UN Mapping Report on Human Rights Abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1993-2003," released on October 1st, which documents the Rwandan army's war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocidal massacres of civilian Rwandan Hutu refugees and Congolese Hutus, in Congo.   Kagame denied the accusations, most of all the accusations of genocide, and then responded by arresting Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, leader of Rwanda's FDU-Inkingi Coalition of parties, and the second of three opposition presidential candidates to be jailed since attempting to contest this year's presidential election against Kagame.   

Bernard Ntaganda, founder of Rwanda's Parti Social-Imberakuri has been in jail since his arrest on June 24th, as he tried to leave his home to protest exclusion from the election and he is now reported to be in critical condition in a Kigali hospital.  Ntaganda and Ingabire's lawyers, family, and friends report that they are being tortured and held in inhumane conditions.

Rwandan exile Umuvugizi newspaper editor Jean Bosco Gasasiras, whose Deputy Editor Jean Leonard Rugambage, was gunned down on the streets of Kigali during the run-up to the August 9th presidential polls, has reported a leaked account of the plot to arrest Ingabire, fabricate charges, and even slow poison her.  Exiled Umuseso Editor Didas Gasana says that Ingabire's arrest is haunting him day and night and that he also fears "slow poisoning."

Rwanda's Chief Prosecutor Martin Ngoga charges Ingabire, once again, as in March, with genocide denial, and conspiracy to commit terrorism, and, today Ngoga announced that he wants American Law Professor and international criminal defense attorney Peter Erlinder back in court to stand trial for genocide denial as well. 

Erlinder traveled to Kigali to defend Ingabire in May, but was arrested within a week himself, then released on medical grounds, but only after international outcry, including that of the National Lawyers Guild and bar associations all over the world, at the end of which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered his medical records to authorities in Kigali, with a plea for his release. 

After the release of the UN report on atrocities committed in Congo, by the U.S.-backed regimes of Rwanda, Uganda, and Burundi, Erlinder said that no one should expect justice, in response, in international courts, because, "the U.S. controls the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda (ICTR), the U.S. controls the International Criminal Court (I.C.C.) and the U.S. controls the UN Security Council, which establishes and controls the international criminal tribunals." 


Nkunda said...

You wonder what Erlinder would have to answer, given that the crimes he referred to are becoming well recognized. The RPF killed and possibly committed genocide against Hutu. This is no secret, and we ought not to be afraid to say it.

ColoredOpinions said...

is the arrest of Victoire Ingabire part of the destabilizing effect of the Mapping report as Harry Verhoeven predicted? Would like to read Harry Verhoeven's view on this topic.