U.S. lawyer Peter Erlinder fears for his life after Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa shooting
Nairobi – The American attorney Prof. Peter Erlinder released from Rwandan prison fears for his life claiming that the shooting of former Rwanda envoy to India Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa shows that he is at risk as well.
Professor Peter Erlinder told a press conference Sunday in Nairobi that he fears for his life even while in Kenya following Saturday’s attempted assassination of Rwandan military defector Kayumba Nyamwasa in South Africa, blamed on Rwanda’s intelligence services.
Gen Kayumba is recovering in a Johannesburg clinic with two bullets lodged in his body.
Erlinder, who was arrested in Kigali when he went to represent Rwandan political opposition leader Victoire Ingabire, who is also accused of denying genocide, said he believes he is still alive because he is a white man from a powerful country.
“Imagine if I was not a mzungu. Imagine if I was not from the US. Imagine if I was not a law professor,” he told journalists.
It is known that Rwandan opponents are executed inside or outside Rwanda. For example, Colonel Theoneste Lizinde was murdered in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1996 and Mr. Seth Sendashonga, former Rwandan Interior Minister, was assassinated in Nairobi in 1998.