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Rwanda President Paul Kagame sued in Oklahoma City federal court for killing Presidents Habyarimana and Ntaryamira

Paul Kagame - killed Hutu Presidents Juvenal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira and sparked Rwandan Genocide

Paul Kagame - killed Hutu Presidents Juvenal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira, sparked Rwandan Genocide

A Lawton attorney on Thursday filed a $350 million wrongful-death civil lawsuit against the president of Rwanda, who gave a commencement speech today at Oklahoma Christian University.

The attorney, John Zelbst, filed the lawsuit in Oklahoma City federal court against President Paul Kagame and other Rwandan officials.

Zelbst and two other attorneys are representing the widows of two assassinated African presidents. The widows allege Kagame, then leader of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, ordered the presidents’ deaths in 1994.They also allege his army’s actions brought about the mass civilian massacre known as the Rwandan Genocide.

Juvenal Habyarimana, the president of Rwanda, and Cyprien Ntaryamira, president of Burundi, were on a jet that was hit by surface-to-air missiles on April 6, 1994. Everyone aboard, including the French flight crew, died.

A French judge in 2006 blamed Kagame for the deaths but said Kagame is immune from prosecution because he is president. The Kagame government has in the past denied the accusation.

The widows do not live in the United States. They argue a federal court in Oklahoma City has jurisdiction over their claims because of Kagame’s substantial contacts with Oklahoma Christian University.

“There is no independent functioning judiciary in Rwanda and any suit against defendants there would have been and would still be futile and would result in serious reprisals,” the attorneys stated in the lawsuit.
A university spokesman said, “President Kagame is at Oklahoma Christian as the head of Rwanda to honor the 10 outstanding Rwandan Presidential Scholars who are graduating today.

“We do not want to distract from their remarkable accomplishments by getting involved in the politics of Rwanda and surrounding countries. We cannot comment on pending lawsuits.”

Source: NOLAN CLAY – newsok.com

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3 Caroel { 06.19.10 at 10:10 pm }

You have a lot of gall bringing charges against a man that has brought a country back from not just a 1994 genocide, but years of one tribe wanting to eliminate the other. Where were you when a million people were being killed. This President has made incredible change in a country that needed change. I love my country, but these kind of grandstands make me understand why others dislike us. It’s none of our business. Let the people of Rwanda deal with this. He was an elected President even though those that you’re defending were still a majority during those elections.

4 kabwa Kumugabo { 09.05.10 at 9:38 am }

I do not understand how those so called Attorneys are filing suit case in the court! They do not know what they are doing. How can they stand to defend Genocide planners like those. Were FPR in Kigali? where was the plane shot? Are the two presidents killed by their fellow poloticians better than a million who perished in the fore planned Genocide? I used to say that whites are intellectuals, but i have come to realize that they are illitrate. Shame on you every one who wants to take Rwanda where it come from. But God will not all those bad wishers.

5 Muyango Emile Karama { 09.07.11 at 4:02 am }

You are telling lies.Please stop disturbing Rwandese.

Muyango Emile Karama

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