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“I want these damn cuffs off me”, Peter Erlinder in Rwanda jail

“I want my lawyer. I want to call my embassy, and I want these damn cuffs of me.” This is the request made by Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza’s American lawyer, Prof. Peter Erlinder to Rwandan authorities.

KPFA Radio News reported on the arrest of Rwandan Presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza’s American lawyer.
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(KPFA Radio News – Sunday evening, May 30,2010).

In the meantime, the official position of Rwanda Governement as stated by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mushikiwabo is clear:
– “Mr. Erlinder is a conspiracy theorist”
– Mr. Erlinder and Victoire Ingabire are “reckless publicity seekers and genocide deniers” whose “provocative actions and statements” have
“the potential to undercut the legitimacy of Rwanda’s electoral process.”
– “Entering Rwanda was a brazen act of provocation”
– “Mr. Erlinder’s arrest is an act of justice.”

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1 comment

1 ProfJeff { 06.03.10 at 9:20 pm }

If Erlinder set out to be a political martyr by inserting himself into the affairs of another country, he achieved it. With his martyrdom comes jain, handcuffs, etc …. Where does the lawyer for the people stop being one of the people? He bought it; he has to live it.

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