Monthly Archives: November 2011

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.