Should ICTR Begin Phase Two Of Its Work?
In the past, whenever one spoke about the crimes committed by RPF, Kagame's servants will yell, "where's the evidence?" Today the US Statement has declassified and published most of the evidence on its website. Our friend Scott Bihl has also been posting those documents on a Facebook group called Friends of Reason. Please take a look for yourself and just notice how they have become like a cold shower on RPF usual yellers: they don't dare to make a comment anymore; the documents say it all and there's nothing for them to argue about.
Now that we have plenty of evidence coming from a world's superpower and a close confident of RPF during the period crimes were committed - what should be the next step? To indict RPF criminals correct?
ICTR should be allowed to begin phase two of its work. It will be the same ICTR with its original mandate but with proper enforcement this time. This is the only way to ensure that only the bad guys are pulled out of RDF (Rwanda Defense Forces) and indicted accordingly. Finally, it is the only way to ensure proper justice for all Rwandans. There no reason why ICTR should close its doors while it has only prosecuted one of the two sides it was entrusted to prosecute. That is, ICTR has tackled only 50% of its ORIGINAL task so far.
With recent developments, there's no doubt that public opinion is changing around the world about the way they viewed RPF in the past. Nonetheless, the US and other countries need to back their words with actions. Paul Kagame has taken the lives of millions of innocent populations in the African great lakes region, and it's about time he gets held accountable for his crimes.
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Last Updated (Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:15)
16.08.10 - ICTR/KAREMERA - PROCEEDING AGAINST LATE NZIRORERA FORMALLY TERMINATED
Arusha, August 16, 2010 (FH) - Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has formally terminated the prosecution's case against Joseph Nzirorera, former Secretary General of the then Rwandan ruling party, MRND, following his sudden death on July 1, 2010.
"Criminal responsibility is individual and personalized and the Chamber cannot exercise jurisdiction over a person who is deceased. Therefore, the proceedings against Joseph Nzirorera must be terminated effective July 1, 2010," the Chamber presided over by Judge Dennis Byron stated in its decision read Monday on the ICTR website.
In the case, Nzirorera was charged jointly with his co-top MRND leaders, President Mathieu Ngirumpatse and his Vice-President Edouard Karemera for crimes allegedly committed by members of their party. Nzirorera died on July 1, in Arusha before completion of his defence case.
Following the decision, the Chamber has decided to hold a status conference on Monday (August 23) to allow the prosecution and defence to discuss legal consequences of the case. The Chamber has invited the parties to make submissions by August 20, on how the death of Nzirorera impacts the proceedings.
Nziriorera's case is unique comparing to other deceased. Jean Bosco Barayagwiza, former Director of Foreign Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, died on 25 April 2010 in Benin after he had been convicted by Trial Chamber and the Appeals Chamber.
The Seventh Day Adventist Church Pastor Elizaphan Ntakiruntimana sentenced to ten years imprisonment died on January 22, 2007 in Arusha, shortly after being released as he had completed serving his jail term.
Joseph Serugendo, a member of the National Committee of the Interahamwe militia, jail six years passed away on August 22, 2006 in Nairobi after he had pleaded guilty to charges he was facing, while Anglican Bishop Samuel Musabyimana died on January 24, 2003 in Tanzania before the start of his case.
Nzirorera was buried in Belgium, while Barayagwiza was laid to rest in Paris. Ntakiruntimana was buried in Tanzania while Serugendo was cremated in Nairobi whereas Musabyimana was buried in Rwanda.
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Last Updated (Wednesday, 18 August 2010 16:54)
28.06.10 - ICTR/KAREMERA - MRND OFFICIALS HAD NO PLAN TO STAGE COUP D'ETAT, CLAIMS BAGOSORA - Arusha, June 28, 2010
28.06.10 - ICTR/KAREMERA - MRND OFFICIALS HAD NO PLAN TO STAGE COUP D'ETAT, CLAIMS BAGOSORA - Arusha, June 28, 2010 (FH) - Genocide-convict Theoneste Bagsora, Monday refuted prosecution claims that top leaders of then Rwandan ruling party, MRND, refused to nominate a successor of President Juvenal Habyarimana because they had a plan of staging a coup d'Etat to take over power.
"There is a paradox here. Those required to take power after death of president on April 6, 1994 refused to accept the offer given to them by the international community. This means, the theory of launching a coup d'Etat is not true," he told the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
Bagosora, who has been jailed for life for masterminding the 1994 genocide, was referring to MRND President Mathieu Ngirumpatse, Vice-President Edouard Karemera and Secretary General Joseph Nzirorera, when defending the latter.
The prosecution claims in the indictment that the trio staged a conspiracy of forming interim government to implement genocide policy by meeting with Bagosora on April 7, 1994 in the Ministry of Defence office, where he served as Director of Cabinet.
Examined by Nzirorera's co-counsel Patrick Mayidika, the witness testified, however, that he had met with MRND officials to convey a message from the UN Secretary General Representative for them to replace the deceased president.
"Paradoxically, they did not obey that message. They said they were not in a position to nominate the successor according to their party's constitution, which required calling for a congress. By that time it was not possible to convene a congress meeting," he testified.
Bagosora, now waiting for the hearing of his appeal case, continues with his testimony on Tuesday. Nzirorera and his colleagues are charged with crimes allegedly committed by members of their party. The prosecution has indicted them for their superior responsibility as top officials of the party then in power in 1994.
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