The Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye has rejected recently released resolutions of European Union parliament which criticized Rwanda’s judiciary and called for the revision of the trial of Ingabire Victoire.
Minister Busingye has made the remarks today as he received instruments of power from the recently phased out Ministry of Internal Security.
The European Union parliament on 5th October 2016 released resolutions criticizing Rwanda’s judiciary in the trial of Ingabire Victoire. The resolutions were followed by the visit of eight EU parliamentarians to Rwanda from 19th to 22nd September, 2016.
Minister Busingye has rejected the resolutions as false, describing what EU parliament did as ‘contempt’.
“That is contempt. We don’t know that path in the process of appeal. The European Union is not a path for the appeal. Our courts respect laws granted by the Constitution. It can’t happen that a passerby can at anytime ask courts for a retrial and it goes into effect . That is disdain,” he said.
“ Our parliament had enough time to respond on it and it is mixing politics which is impossible. What should be the basis for such request? How is that process called? Is it appeal, defense, or request…How is that process called? Wondered Minister Busingye.
If a person is tried through all instances of Rwanda’s courts up to the Supreme Court, how do they come to ask for a retrial? In which court? I don’t know any appeal of her kept anywhere. How can such appeal from any passerby or friend of her be called?, “queried Minister Busingye.
The trial of Ingabire Victoire started in 2010. The High Court handed her a 8 year sentence over treason, threatening national security, terrorism and undermining the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
In 2013, Ingabire appealed to the Supreme Court where her appeal was rejected and received a sentence of extra 7 years.