Yearly Archives: 2011

SPREE OF ASSASSINATIONS OF RWANDAN REFUGEES IN UGANDA.

Kigali, 29 December 2011

Mr. Jerome NDAGIJIMANA, a Rwandan refugee was murdered in a Kampala suburb. The Ugandan New Vison wrote on 27 December 2011 that the body of NDAGIJIMANA, a resident of MUZANA zone, was found lying in a pool of blood in his shop, with his throat slit on Monday morning. On November 30, a Rwandan journalist Charles Ingabire, editor of the online publication Inyenyeri News and a vocal critic of the Rwandan government, was shot twice in the chest as he was leaving a bar in the Bukesa-Kikoni Makerere area of Kampala late at night. This spree of assassinations of Rwandan refugees abroad needs to be investigated thoroughly.

Mr. Jerome NDAGIJIMANA, was granted refugee asylum on 18 March 2011 and registered by the Refugee Eligibility Committee under the number 66/2011.

We call upon the international community and human rights bodies to investigate these selective killings targeting Rwandan refugees in different countries.

FDU-INKINGI

Boniface Twagirimana

Interim Vice President

RWANDA: INGABIRE TRIAL: NEW BAIL REFUSED AMID FRESH PRESIDENTIAL INTERFERENCES

Today the High Court declined the new bail motion submitted by Madame Victoire Ingabire Defence counsel on 14.12.2011 before the adjournment of the case to 16th January 2012.

The motion was based on the lack of serious evidence in the case; the contradictions and inconsistencies of the prosecution and his witnesses; the fact that the prosecution is still not ready with its investigations and finally the grounds offered by the article 101of law n° 13/2004 of 17/5/2004 relating to the code of criminal procedure, o.g special nº of 30/07/2004 reading as follows : “in all offences, an accused person or his or her counsel can at any time apply for ball to the public prosecutor charged with the preparation of the case or to a Judge or Magistrate depending on the stage of investigation”.

The defendant was told that she is prosecuted for grave crimes and that the High court has not yet received the whole evidence on acts of terrorism as the Public Prosecution Authority is still working on it.

Rwanda: The interference of President Paul Kagame in court proceedings proves the political nature of the trial against Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza.

 

At the end of his two-day official visit in Uganda, President Paul Kagame held a press conference in Munyonyo, the outskirts of Kampala, which was broadcast on local television, TV NTV[1] Uganda . During that conference, President Paul Kagame surprised the public by stating that Ms. Ingabire Umuhoza, FDU-Inkingi’s Chair, incarcerated in Kigali maximum security prison, has pleaded guilty before the security services. After a moment of hesitation and embarrassment, President Paul Kagame said that Ms. Ingabire “has largely accepted the majority of the charges against her”; namely, treason, terrorism and genocide ideology.

 
According to the BBC Gahuzamiryango, in its edition of December 12, 2011 at 6:30pm, President Paul Kagame added that the lawyers have already abandoned FDU-Inkingi’s Chair, which is not true, because no later than December 13, 2011, one of her lawyers defended her before the Court.

RWANDA: INGABIRE POLITICAL TRIAL ADJOURNED AGAIN

Yesterday, the political trial of the opposition leader Madame Victoire INGABIRE, FDU-INKINGI head, resumed . The hearing has been postponed since 25 November 2011 due to the presiding judge’s sick leave. Today, it was adjourned to 13 December 2011 due to extra-court activities of judges. For both days, the high court heard defence conclusions on the contradictions and inconsistencies observed in the oral answers from prosecutor’s key witnesses and the defence submissions on 5 counts of the indictment. The life of another opposition leader, Mr. Bernard NTAGANDA, incarcerated in Kigali Central Prison as well and serving a politically motivated 4 year sentence is supposedly in danger. His political party, – Parti Social IMBERAKURI – informed the public that he was tortured last week inside the penitential premises . Our government is continuously crippling democracy. A nightmare usurping people’s freedoms, eavesdropping on phones or any other communications means and keeping the judiciary under its control.

RWANDA NEEDS DEMOCRACY AND NOT DEVELOPMENT CLICHÉS

Kigali 29th November 2011

 

 On 26th November 2011, President Paul Kagame addressed cabinet members, members of parliament, government officials and the residents of Nduba Sector, Gasabo District in Kigali city gathered in a tree planting propaganda. His address was  seen by many as an opportunity to mock some remarks by visiting US Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Susan Rice, that Rwanda development successes were not mirrored in politics, democratic rule, media, human rights, freedom of assembly, freedom of expression. 

RWANDA: INGABIRE TRIAL, STATUS HEARING NEEDED

Kigali, 24 November 2011

 

The evidential stage of the political trial of the opposition leader Victoire Ingabire started on 05 September 2010 almost one year after her imprisonment in maximum security. Until now, the national public prosecution authority is still introducing new contreversial materials . The latest development is the transfer of 600 pages from the Netherlands, a judicial ambush that gives unlimited additionnal time to the prosecutors to keep the opposition leader in prison, officially in order to get the files translated, analysed, and submitted for subsequent court proceedings. In the meantime, the behaviour of the judges has reached a questionnable level of intimidation. Since 22nd November 2011, the hearing was suspended for two days on the request of the key defendant because of renewed threats and attacks from the presiding judge towards the defence counsel. Ingabire stated: “the tense atmosphere of the debates has reached such an alarming level that I don’t trust the fairness of the proceedings anymore. It looks like I have been convicted before we present all our means of defence. This is not a show, it’s my trial. I need deeper consultations with my defence to have a fresh look at this wierd situation”.

RWANDA: THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT’S ASSISTANCE TO THE TOTARITARIAN REGIME IN KIGALI IS SURPRISING

November 16, 2011

Press release


What is the Dutch government’s role alongside the regime of General Paul Kagame in the judicial circus against the political leader Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza?

The Coordinating Committee of FDU Inkingi has just learned with surprise that the Dutch government has handed over to the Rwandan government disputed documents against Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, FDU-Inkingi Chair, who is in prison for political reasons in Rwanda since October 14, 2010. It is important to recall that Madame Ingabire Umuhoza returned to Rwanda in January 2010 to register her political party and to run for presidential elections in August of that year. By sending these documents in rather obscure circumstances, the Dutch Government confirmed its complicity in a kangaroo process turned into a tool of oppression against the democratic opposition. The Rwandan national public prosecution authority confirmed that they have already received a bunch of 600 pages, whereas the ruling by the Court of Rotterdam on 23 October 2011 mentioned only three documents of less than twenty pages. From where did come more than 580 additional pages, while the Dutch police has already returned nearly all the documents taken from the residential home of Madame Ingabire during their search?

RWANDA: INGABIRE TRIAL: PROSECUTION INCONSISTENCIES AND THE QUESTION OF WITNESSES’ IMPEACHMENT.

Kigali 14th November 2011
 

Since 10th November 2011, the High Court has allowed the prosecution “witnesses” to take indirect questions and to respond after preparation with their lawyers. For unknown reasons, the National Public Prosecution Authority has filed for sentence discount to all the co-accuseds in exchange for their guilty plea and full collaboration to corner the opposition leader Madame Victoire Ingabire, FDU-Inkingi Chair. Their open court accounts of the modus operandi is seriously blasting the prosecution evidence. At this stage of their contradictions, the conditions for prosecutor’s witnesses’ impeachment have been attained.

RWANDA: FDU INKINGI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING WITH EU DIPLOMATS IN KIGALI

Kigali 14th November 2011

 

This evening at the headquarters of European Union Delegation in Rwanda, members of the Interim Executive Committee of FDU-Inkingi discussed with the Head of Political Section of the EU Delegation to Rwanda together with key diplomats from different European Countries including Belgium, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom and Sweden.

RWANDA: INGABIRE TRIAL: DEFENCE “CROSS-EXAMINATION” AFTER REHEARSALS

Kigali 10th November 2011

After a one week postponement to allow the prosecutor’s «witnesses» to review the “cross-examination” on pre-submitted questionnaire, the show resumed today in Kigali Court. The judges are now pushing for a speedy process in order to wrap the case as soon as possible. This leaves a big question: can really the Rwandan justice handle international criminal cases? According to the presiding judge and the Prosecutors, cross-examination is not allowed in Rwanda.The opposition leader political trial continues to attract much attention of the public, the media and key diplomats. His Excellency Ben Llewellyn-Jones, the British High Commissioner and the Embassy political Affairs councillor spent some time today following the debates in the courtroom.

HUGE DEMONSTRATIONS IN BRUSSELS – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2011 from 1:30PM to 4:30PM

LET’S ALL MARCH TO DENOUNCE THE ONGOING POLITICAL TRIAL

AGAINST MADAME VICTOIRE INGABIRE UMUHOZA IN RWANDA


Come massively – adults, youth and children – to express your indignation and denounce the political nature of the ongoing trial against Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza in Rwanda:

RWANDA: INGABIRE TRIAL POSTPONED TO ALLOW PROSECUTOR’S WITNESSES TO PREPARE CROSS-EXAMINATION QUESTIONS.

Kigali, 03rd November 2011

The High Court has adjourned for a week the political trial of Madame Ingabire in order to allow the prosecutor’s witnesses to homework their answers for cross-examination questions. They have received the questions from the defense counsel deemed by the court to need a prior preparation. The court decided that Madame Ingabire will be questioned by all of them as well.

RWANDA: JUSTICE CONTINUOUSLY BUTCHERED IN PROCEEDINGS AGAINST POLITICAL PRISONER INGABIRE

Kigali 2nd November 2011

Ms. Victoire Ingabire in Court

Yesterday, on the request of the National prosecution authority, the High Court of Kigali denied the defence counsel of Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, chairperson of FDU-Inkingi opposition party the right to cross-examine the “key witnesses”. The court ordered the defence counsel to pre-submit a list of questions in order to decide on their relevance and to allow adequate time for preparation of witnesses’ responses. Today, Barrister Ian Edwards, one of the lawyers of Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, submitted to the court a list of such questions but stressed his worries about covering up the truth mostly owing to the court decision not to allow witnesses to respond directly in open session. There is a high risk to let them rehearse the answers. This gives an impression to encourage their lies confirmed by several contradictions in their statements before the court.

RWANDA – INGABIRE TRIAL: DEFENSE COUNSEL DENIED CROSS-EXAMINATION RIGHT

Kigali, 1st November 2011

On the request of the National prosecution authority the High Court retracted its previous authorisation and denied the defense counsel the right to cross-examine the prosecutor’s witnesses on terror charges. The presiding judge ordered the defense team to pre-submit a list of all the questions in order to decide which one could be discussed in open court and allow sufficient time for preparation by ”the witnesses”. This is another slap in the face of the lawyers who believed that some fairness was possible in this kangaroo trial. ”This process is a circus, it’s not fair and the international community needs to know the truth”, said one foreign analyst based in Kigali.

 

RWANDA: LATEST BRIEFING ON THE PROGRESS OF INGABIRE TRIAL

Kigali, 26st October 2011

The political prisoner Madame Victoire Ingabire defended her case on the counts of complicity to acts of terrorism and conspiracy to overthrow the government, today in a Kigali High Court. In contempt of defence protests to photocopy personal handnotes of Madame Ingabire, the presiding judge ordered on stage to copy her manuscripts for the court and the prosecution. That notwithstanding, she still looks good, composed, steady and self confident.

Rwanda: FDU-RNC: Open Letter to Alexander Gonzalez, President of the California State University, Sacramento .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re: President Paul Kagame’s invitation to speak at the third International Genocide Conference on November 3rd, 2011.