Thursday, May 12, 2011

Kigali's Pathetic Role In Kobagaya Case

Stephen Rapp, US-ambassador at large for war crimes and former Prosecutor at the Tanzania-based International criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), commented on the ongoing case of Lazare Kobagaya, while visiting Kigali april 8th after meeting Rwandan prosecutor Martin Ngoga:

"We are pursuing (as very high priority) human rights violators accused of the Genocide, who managed to enter the US and managed to get their refugee status and citizenship. It is a very high priority in the Department Of Justice to prosecute these people, for the false claims they made, and the lies they put on their forms, that they were not involved in the Genocide,”

What in the world happened to the policy of not commenting on ongoing cases, of which Armin Rosen writes today
"A spokesperson for the Department of Justice's Human Rights and Special Prosecutions division refused to explain how Kobagaya first appeared on the government's radar, citing a department-wide policy of not commenting on ongoing cases"

And what is Kigali's involvement and interest in the Kobagaya case? This question is entirely justified if you see the eager and biased one-sided reporting in Paul Kagame's newspaper "Tne New Times" and public comments on the case by Rwanda's current regime. A close advisor to President Paul Kagame, Tom Ndahiro, plays a painfull pathetic role in this childish game.

In an interview with The Atlantic's Armin Rosen:
"Ndahiro says he does not formally work for the Kagame government, but when I called the Rwandan embassy in Washington, D.C., for comment on the case, someone passed the phone to him."
Edmund Kagire today writes in The New Times:
"more witnesses pin Kobagaya"
a week ago this same Edmund Kagire quoted Rwandan prosecutor Martin Ngoga (who according to Tom Ndahiro is not involved) as saying:

“If the process in America succeeds to prove the fact that he was actually involved in the Genocide, which is why he lied to authorities in the US as he was gaining citizenship, it will pave way for another action which we can’t contemplate,”

Stehen Rapp's words in Kigali aim to undermine the legal process in Kansas.

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