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Ex-Commander of Ngoma (Butare-Rwanda) military camp gets life for genocide

Arusha � The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday handed dowm a life sentence to a lieutenant from the former Rwandan army, found guilty of genocide, murder and rape.

In 1994 Ildephonse Hategekimana was the commander of the military camp of Ngoma on the outskirts of Butare, a small town in southern Rwanda.

“The chamber sentences the accused to life imprisonment,” presiding judge Arlette Ramaroson said.

Hategekimana was notably found guilty of having ordered the singling out, abduction and massacre of Tutsis from a convent close to his camp on April 30.

The court also found he had condoned and encouraged rapes.

Hategekimana’s lawyer Jean de Dieu Momo told journalists after the hearing that his client would appeal the ruling.

The lieutenant was arrested in Congo Republic in 2003 and transfered to the ICTR.

The ICTR, based in Arusha in northern Tanzania, was set up to try the masterminds of the 1994 genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 people, for the most part minority Tutsis, were killed.

December 6, 2010   No Comments

Genocide Suspect General Kagame in Brussels for talks on Development

by Sylvain Sibomana.


The UN mapping report accuses General Kagame and his army of genocide against Hutus

Between 03rd and 07th December 2010, General Kagame is visiting Brussels and EU headquarters where he is� expected to appear tomorrow in the European Development Days 5th edition. This is a irony of politics as it happens when his country is facing disturbing challenges:� the democracy leader Ms. Victoire INGABIRE and other opposition leaders are in prison; the regime is accused by the United Nations of war crimes, humanitarian crimes and a possible genocide in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; some members of FDU INKINGI in Rwanda are tortured and forced to testify against the party Chair on imaginary terrorist crimes;� Rwandans are still running away as a result of an on-going score settling campaign against opposition and dissents after the elections masquerade that keep Rwanda on the edge.

The national broadcasting station, pro-RPF, informed the public that H.E. President Paul KAGAME addressed a huge public of over 2,000 people in Brussels yesterday. Though the figures are exaggerated for propaganda purposes, there is no doubt that most of them are �strategic� refugees and the same time members of the ruling party, who have been facilitated by the regime’s Embassies and the External Security or Military Intelligence� operatives in Europe to back up this controversial visit.�� Was it really necessary for the government to spend a part of the international budget aid for transport, accommodation, food and wine for over 2,000 Rwandans in Europe? Is the presidential campaign still going on?

According to some participants in the show, the regime’s operatives based in EU and North America should intensify the puffery against the UN mapping report on humanitarian crimes committed in the DRC in order to avoid prosecution of members of the ruling military. They were urged to belittle the politically motivated incarcerations of the democracy leader Ms. Victoire INGABIRE and other opposition leaders, i.e. Mr. Bernard NTAGANGA of the Parti Social Imberakuri and Mr. Deogratias Mushayidi of PDP Imanzi.

We sincerely expect the partners of Rwanda and the free world to urge President Paul Kagame to open up the political space, to release political prisoners and engage in a broad-based governance of the country through a transparent democratisation process.

Sylvain Sibomana,
Secretary General
(For more details: +250728636000).

December 6, 2010   1 Comment