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Re: Rwanda genocide, Kagame, the RPF and looting the Congo
« on: March 22, 2020, 09:48:58 am »
In our Brave New World, it are always the victors that sentence the losers for “war crimes”.
This makes our whole justice system a charade, but not always is this as obvious as in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) show trials.
If the genocide, which started practically immediately when Habyarimana was killed, was planned in advance, this could only have been done by the same group that planned to bring down Habyarimana’s plane.

According to the ICTR, bringing down President Juvénal Habyarimana’s plane on 6 April 1994 was really the start of the genocide. Then instead of finding that, as Paul Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) was behind this attack, (the backers of), the RPF had orchestrated the Rwandan genocide, they simply ignored the evidence and blamed the extremist Hutus…

A confidential ICTR document, labelled Top Secret, is a summary of crimes committed by the RPF. This included testimony on the plane attack, which indicates that RPF leaders, including Kagame, held meetings to prepare the attack on Habyarimana’s plane, that the team in charge of the missiles was created and trained in Uganda, and the missiles were brought to the RPF headquarters in northern Rwanda before being transported to a farm in Masaka (an area in the capital controlled by the RPF).

In 2014, one of Kagame’s former bodyguards, Emile Gafirita, had agreed to testify that the RPF shot down the plane. In 2009, Gafirita broke with the RPF regime, fled to Uganda and in 2014 was hiding in Kenya.
On 13 November 2014, shortly after ICTR Judge Trévidic had identified Gafirita as a future witness, he was kidnapped in Nairobi by a group of armed men and never seen again. Silenced forever.

Théoneste Lizinde, who has probably helped Kagame plan the plane attack, was also killed in Kenya in 1996 after he fell out with the RPF.
Eric Léandre Ndayire, an RPF cadre who testified in 2005, was killed in 2007 after being kidnapped in Uganda.

Judi Rever told a lawyer that had worked for the ICTR prosecutor that she had read confidential ICTR documents on the crimes by the RPF.
This lawyer admitted to know about: the systematic killings of Hutus by RPF death squads, the mass graves, the burning of bodies in Akagera Park, and the methods of concealment.

RPF commandos had infiltrated Hutu militias and were involved in killing Tutsis: http://archive.is/QiM03


Obviously one of the star witnesses for the ICTR show trials was the Canadian, UN-supporter of the RPF, Roméo Dallaire, who was present at the discussions of the Hutu crisis committee that was formed after Habyarimana's death, and even asked for advice and help to involve the RPF in stopping the massacre.
The evidence against the people sentenced for the genocide, consisted mostly (or only) of witness testimonies (of course deals were made with these witnesses for lower punishment for their own involvement).

At the time, Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana would (legally) become president of Rwanda. UNAMIR, controlled by Dallaire, sent an escort of 10 Belgian soldiers to “protect” Uwilingiyimana.
Later in the morning, soldiers and a crowd of civilians captured and killed Uwilingiyimana, her husband and the Belgian soldiers (dead men tell no tales).
Major Bernard Ntuyahaga, commanding officer of the Presidential Guard unit, was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment by a court in Belgium in 2007 for these murders.
The night of 6–7 April, other prominent politicians and journalists were killed around Kigali, including President of the Constitutional Court Joseph Kavaruganda, Minister of Agriculture Frederic Nzamurambaho, Parti Liberal leader Landoald Ndasingwa  and chief Arusha negotiator Boniface Ngulinzira.

The crisis committee formed on the evening of 6 April, consisted of Colonel Théoneste Bagosora (head of the committee), Major General Augustin Ndindiliyimana, Tharcisse Renzaho and a number of other senior army staff officers couldn’t that control of Rwanda and was blamed (and sentenced) for coordinating the genocide.

December 2008, the ICTR convicted 3 senior officers of the Rwandan army in 1994: Colonel Théoneste Bagosora; Major Aloys Ntabakuze; and Colonel Anatole Nsengiyumva to life imprisonment for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for their role in the Rwanda genocide. All 3 were acquitted of conspiring to commit genocide before 7 April 1994.
The ICTR also acquitted General Gratien Kabiligi and ordered his release.

In December 2008, the ICTR convicted Theoneste Bagosora for genocide and crimes against humanity, but only for the 3 days of 7 to 9 April 1994, to life in prison. Bagosora was trained in Belgium and France.
Bagosora has subsequently been labelled the mastermind of the genocide, but how could he have “planned” anything (if he wasn’t responsible for shooting down Habyarimana’s plane)?!?
In 2011, his sentence in appeal was reduced to 35 years' imprisonment.

Jean Kambanda was convicted on his “confession”, was sworn in as PM of the interim government on 9 April 1994. Once again it isn’t clear what he could have “planned”?!?
The prosecutor’s office of the ICTR has admitted that it had concealed from the judges the true nature of Kambanda’s confession (because they didn’t want him exposing the RPF?).

In 14 February 1997, Froduald Karamira was one of the first to be sentenced to death by the Rwandan courts. He was executed on 24 April 1998 (silenced forever).

The Rwandan Gacaca court that sentenced genocide suspects until being closed down in June 2012, handled 1,958,714 cases involving 1,003,227 individuals, the vast majority were found guilty.
According to case statistics, 1,320,634 (67.5%) of them were sentenced for looting and destruction of property.
577,528 cases (29%) were tried for murder and physical violence. The acquittal rate, 37%, was much higher than for property theft (4%).
60,552 cases (3.5%) were tried as organisers, authorities and perpetrators of sexual violence, with a 12% acquittal rate: https://historicaldialogues.org/2019/05/04/rwanda-the-most-judged-genocide-in-history/
(http://archive.is/cHnNy)


In 2002, trials of the ICTR grounded to a halt because witnesses refused to travel from Rwanda to give evidence at the hearings in Arusha, Tanzania.
The tribunal's chief prosecutor at the time, Carla del Ponte, told the UN Security Council that the witnesses weren’t willing to testify, because the Rwandan government blocked cooperation with the court, after her announcement to investigate the RPF's leaders for war crimes.

Rwanda's chief prosecutor, Gerald Gahima, explained that the government opposed the prosecution of members of the RPF, because it would undermine an institution that holds Rwanda together and defends it from Hutu extremists: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/jul/29/chrismcgreal

 

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