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Trial in Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa’s shooting: Rwandans protest outside the Johannesburg court

Lt Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa mu bitaro i Johannesburg

Lt Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa in hospital (Johannesburg)

Johannesburg 24 October 2011 – Rwandans living in South Africa gathered today outside the court where six accomplices are standing trial on accusations of plotting to kill Rwandan Lt. Gen. Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa. He was shot and wounded in Johannesburg last year.
The protesters wore T-shirts splashed with red hand prints and the slogan: “Kagame is a serial killer.”

Kagame = Serial Killer

October 24, 2011   1 Comment

Rwanda: No More Hope for a Fair Trial for Political Prisoner Victoire Ingabire

by Boniface Twagirimana.

Rwanda: Dead End for the Kangaroo Trial of Political Prisoner Ingabire

Kigali 20 October 2011 – In limbo for weeks, the kangaroo trial of the Rwandan opposition leader Madame Victoire Ingabire, is now in a dead end. It has been adjourned until 24 October 2011 on the request of the defence counsel, visibly humbled by repeated harassments and threats aired by the presiding judge Alice Rulisa in violation of the due process rights, acting as a prosecutor when questioning the defendant. One lawyer received a last warning to have his powers of attorney revoked and loose his status in the Rwandan courts.

Ethics violations, procedural rules violated, due process violations and threats to the lawyers have been the way of justice in this circus. Madame Victoire Ingabire and her defence counsel have lost hope in a fair trial.

The presiding judge Alice Rulisa has clearly articulated beliefs and opinions that reveal her partiality and bias against the defendant and her counsel. The judge has refused to respect the non-retroactivity of the criminal law and has spent many days grilling the defendant on allegations and publications that happened many years before the criminal laws in consideration. The court has refused to discuss the territorial jurisdiction of the High Court in this case. The judges have continued to require the defendant to produce supporting documents I.e. the whole UN mapping report, the whole UN security council resolutions and Amnesty international or Human rights reports, just to force the defendant to discuss the credibility of those organisations and their quality to report on Rwanda, a country that is not theirs. Judge Rulisa has consistently framed the issue from a personal perspective when she stated that she gives no credit to all those international researches and reports, and instead that the prosecutor is right to press charges.

It’s the presiding judge’s right not to trust the work of international organisations, nevertheless their publications are established references and the defendant should not be forced to respond to all the questions of the government of Rwanda on those reports.

This process has reached a stalemate. It’s time to tell Rwandans and the world.

Boniface Twagirimana
Interim Vice-President

October 24, 2011   No Comments

Hundreds of sympathizers celebrate Ingabire’s 43th birthday in The Netherlands

On Saturday 22, 2011, hundreds of friends and sympathizers met in Zevenhuizen in The Netherlands to celebrate the 43th birthday of the courageous Rwandan oppposition leader Victoire Ingabire who is on trial in Rwanda.

Happy Birthday Ingabire...

Hundreds celebrate Ingabire's Birthday - oct 2011

People honour Ingabire's humanity, courage and determination - Oct 2011.

October 24, 2011   No Comments