Monthly Archives: October 2011

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.

Rwanda: High Court clearly hostile toward political prisoner Ingabire

Kigali, 18 October 2011

The political trial of Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, chair of FDU-Inkingi opposition party, is now in the evidential stage. Since 13 October 2011, she has been defending herself on the counts of genocide ideology and divisionism.

The high Court, clearly hostile and ignoring the non retro-activity of the criminal law and the rules of evidence on acts anterior to the ideology of genocide law, has asked hundreds of questions relating to any challenge to the ruling party’s narrative of the Rwandan genocide. This trial is still drawing much attention from inside and outside the country. The United Kingdom’s Ambassador and other top diplomats from Belgium, the Netherlands have been following the hearings.

Rwanda: Sylvain Sibomana, FDU-Inkingi interim Secretary general released.

Kigali, 21st Octber 2011

Mr Sylvain Sibomana, FDU-Inkingi interim Secretary General, arrested in Gisenyi yesterday, has been released. The Rubavu (Gisenyi) police station returned him all his belongings including identity card, digital camera, gsm phone today at 10:00. He is on his way back to Kigali.

RWANDA: DEAD END FOR THE KANGAROO TRIAL OF POLITICAL PRISONER INGABIRE

Kigali 20 October 2011

In limbo for weeks, the kangaroo trial of the Rwandan opposition leader Madame Victoire Ingabire, is now in a dead end.

Mme Victoire et ses avocats

It has been adjourned until 24 October 2011 on the request of the defence counsel, visibly humbled by repeated harassments and threats aired by the presiding judge Alice Rulisa in violation of the due process rights, acting as a prosecutor when questioning the defendant. One lawyer received a last warning to have his powers of attorney revoked and loose his status in the Rwandan courts.

Rwanda: Sylvain SIBOMANA, FDU-Inkingi Secretary General gone missing in Rwanda

Kigali, 20 October 2011

Mr. Sylvain Sibomana, FDU-Inkingi interim party secretary general disappeared around 12:40 today in Kanama location, Nyundo Sector, Rubavu District (Gisenyi), Western Province.  His last contact was done on mobile phone whilst he was assaulted by security personnel for unknown reason before he was taken to unknown destination.

Rwanda: Flawed High court ruling on the procedure against political prisoner Ingabire.

Kigali, 13 October 2011

 

“I am a political prisoner (…) don’t be afraid, nothing will stop the ongoing political change”, Ingabire told the High Court today after the presiding judge ordered the hearing to proceed.

Rwanda: High court to rule on its jurisdiction on Ingabire political trial on 13.10.2011

Kigali, 10 October  2011

Today, after the defence counsel closing arguments on non-retroactivity of the criminal law,   the territorial jurisdiction of the High Court on some counts and violations of the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda, art. 18 (3) granting the right to be informed of the nature and cause of charges; the presiding judge is set to rule on Thursday 13 October 2011.

RWANDA: “I HAVE NO FEAR”, INGABIRE TOLD THE COURT.

Kigali, 06 October  2011

Yesterday, the prosecutors exhausted all legal moves to obtain a life sentence for the opposition leader and are now engaged in a disrespectful war, accusing the defence counsel of delaying tactics fearing the evidential stage. The opposition leader, Madame Victoire Ingabire, now completing  one year in maximum security told the court “I have no fear, I never committed any offence against my country, I need justice”.

RWANDA: INGABIRE TRIAL.HIGH COURT REMAINS SILENT ON DEFENSE CONCERNS

Kigali, 04 October  2011

Ms. Victoire Ingabire in Court

After the adjournment decided last week, the High Court reopened today the trial of the opposition leader Madame Victoire Ingabire. Last week the presiding judge  Alice Rulisa, siding too closely with the prosecutor, refused the defence the right to comment her angry and out of context comments. Today, she  silently listened to the defence concerns before returning the word to the national public prosecution authority.  Key diplomats including the Dutch Ambassador in Kigali , the British High Commission’s political affairs followed the trial.

RWANDA: Confession Of Downing Of Habyarimana’s plane

By Theogene Rudasingwa

Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa

On August 4, 1993, in Arusha, Tanzania, the Government of Rwanda and the Rwandese Patriotic Front signed the Arusha Peace Agreement. The provisions of the agreement included a commitment to principles of the rule of law, democracy, national unity, pluralism, the respect of fundamental freedoms and the rights of the individual. The agreement further had provisions on power-sharing, formation of one and singles National Army and a new National Gendarmerie from forces of the two warring parties; and a definitive solution to the problem of Rwandan refugees.
On April 6, 1994, at 8:25 p.m., the Falcon 50 jet of the President of the Republic of Rwanda, registration number “9XR-NN”, on its return from a summit meeting in DAR-ES-SALAAM,Tanzania, as it was on approach to Kanombe International Airport in KIGALI, Rwanda, was shot down. All on board, including President Juvenal Habyarimana , President Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi, their entire entourage and flight crew died.

RWANDA: THE ILLEGITIMACY OF THE TRIAL OF VICTOIRE INGABIRE UMUHOZA CHAIR OF FDU-INKINGI

1. Introduction

The detention in Kigali since October 14, 2010 of Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Chair of FDU-INKINGI confirmed the Rwandan proverb that says that nobody can argue with one’s own undertaker. 1

In our press release published on June 19, 2011, we demonstrated the political reasons behind the sham lawsuit filed by the RPF against Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, a mock trial, which opened in Kigali on June 20, 2011 and will resume on September 5, 2011 2.

The arrest of Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza for the alleged crimes was done under the draconian laws enacted by the regime to protect itself against any opposition. Theses laws cannot guarantee a fair justice as they emanate from a regime that took power through terror. They thus pose serious problems of legitimacy.