US State Department denies visa to Kenyan lawyer who helped secure Erlinder’s release from Rwandan prison
Nairobi – Professor Peter Erlinder, the American attorney charged in Rwanda of denying the “Tutsi Genocide”, told a press conference Sunday in Nairobi that Mr Kennedy Ogetto, one of his two Kenyan defense attorneys, has been refused a visa to travel to the U.S. with his client.
Another Kenyan lawyer, Gershom Otachi, will travel with him following a visa grant in Kigali, the Rwandan capital. The two Kenyans represented Erlinder during his three-week captivity in Rwanda’s jails.
Prof. Erlinder and the two Kenyans are defence lawyers at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, formed in 1995 to try key suspects from the genocide and civil war that rocked Rwanda in the mid 1990s.
Erlinder was arrested in Kigali when he went to represent Rwandan political opposition leader Victoire Ingabire, who is also accused of denying genocide. He insisted it was time to revise the Rwanda genocide history from the one presented by President Paul Kagame and his Western backers.
“My special request to Foreign Secretary Hillary Clinton is to let my lawyers to travel to the US to help me explain to the world what happened,” Erlinder told the press, at which he also attacked the US embassy in Kigali.
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