Friday, December 17, 2010

States Must Co-operate With Rwanda On Criminal Investigations?

Today Paul Kagame, through his newspaper, The New Times claims , "States Must Co-operate On Criminal Investigations".

I am not sure what the state run New Times wants to achieve with this article. Do they really think the Dutch Government or Dutch members of parliament are impressed by an article in The New Times.

Obviously Dutch members of parliament have studied this aspect of the search of Victoire Ingabire's house carefully, as Anneke Verbraeken explains very well on her Dutch blog:

The Netherlands has no obligation whatsoever to co-operate with Rwanda  for two reasons:
  • Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza is not getting a fair trial. (Evidence has been added after the arrest, Paul Kagame and other members of his Government have publicly made statements on the case. Several allegations against Ingabire have allready been proven false, as for example the "bunker".)
  • Co-opeeration based on a UN terrorism treaty can only be justifice if the accused is directly involved in terrorist activities. Which is not the case here.
Dutch parliament has had a debate on this issue and a report can be read here.

As Martin Luther King said: "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice". Justice will certainly come for the crimes Paul Kagame and his butchers are guilty of. If that's a fact, it's just a matter of time. Paul, the clock is ticking and I am sure you have read the writing on the wall.

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