We’ll ignore letters, petitions and pursue justice-Kagame

On 21 December 2020 at 02:10

President Paul Kagame ha said that Rwanda is committed to the rule of law which is applied to settle problems in favor of justice.

The President revealed this today during an interactive session with members of the press and citizens, responding to a journalist who sought his comments on voices calling on him to release terror suspect, Paul Rusesabagina being tried in Rwanda.

“People think differently, act differently, but the difference is going to be ourselves. The rule of law and how this is applied to settle this problem in favor of justice. So, it is not unexpected. All kinds of letters will be written and more appeals will be made, but for us we are steadfast on pursuing justice whichever way justice leads us into. Then, we will see what comes out,” he said.

“We will simply pursue justice. And I hope that those raising voices wrongly will listen to what we are saying," added Kagame.

Recently, in her letter dated 14th December 2020, Carolyn B. Maloney, a Member of the US Congress wrote to President Paul Kagame requesting him to release and return a terror suspect, Rusesabagina Paul to the United States.

He said that on August 27, 2020, Mr. Rusesabagina boarded a plane in Dubai believing he was headed to Burundi. In her letter, Carolyn, also said that ‘Rwanda utilized clandestine methods to lure and arrest Mr. Rusesabagina, that the Government ignored the legal avenues available via US deportation laws’.

The Minister of Justice and State’s Attorney General, Johnston Busingye has replied the letter the letter of Carolyn B. Maloney, a Member of the US Congress informing her that Rwanda’s justice system is independent that Paul Rusesabagina’s arrest and ongoing trial are based on key facts.

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) and National public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) have clarified in court and to the media that Paul Rusesabagina was neither kidnapped nor extradited.

He explained that Rusesabagina departed Dubai voluntarily by private jet and when his plane landed in Rwanda and he voluntarily alighted, ‘he was placed under arrest pursuant to a 2018 NPPA arrest warrant’.

NPPA has charged Rusesabagina alongside 18 other suspects with over nine serious charges including formation of an irregular amred group, membership of a terrorist group, financing terrorism, murder as an act of terrorism, attempted murder as an act of terrorism, arson as an act of terrorism, attempted murder as an act of terrorism and assault and battery as an act of terrorism.

The court has scheduled their trial to begin on the 26th of January 2021 where they will be tried by Rwanda’s High Court Chamber for International and Cross-Border crimes located in Nyanza district, Southern Province.

As Busingye Busingye explained recently in a reply letter to the US Congresswoman ‘the NPPA further asserts that Mr. Rusesabagina has been neither secretive nor silent about his criminal intent, and that the fact, for example, that in December 2018 as President of MRCD-Ubumwe and its armed wing, the FLN /NLF Force de Liberation Nationale/ National Liberation Forces), he posted a video new year message on YouTube pledging his full support to the youth of the National liberation Forces, and openly called for war on Rwanda.

Among others, the NPPA asserts that this same group (MRCD/FLN), thereafter, led and claimed responsibility for several terror attacks in Nyamagabe, Nyaruguru and Nyungwe Forest, Southern Rwanda in 2018, killing 9 people and leaving many others wounded.

It has set fire and destroyed local population’s property and infrastructure including a local cooperative building, cars, motorbikes among others.

According to Busingye, Rusesabagina has been subject of an NPPA International Arrest Warrant since 2010 following evidence of funding he provided to the FDLR in activities to destabilize Rwanda’s security.

As he commented on the issue, Kagame explained that the matter should be understood well because facts around the case are clear. He said that complaints will always be there but Rwanda will consider the rule of law to render justice and do what is right.

“It is not only going to be done in favor of Rusesabagina, justice will also be done in favor of those who are grieving; those who lost their loved ones at the hands of an organization Rusesabagina belonged to and was a leader of. These are facts. These people who defend Rusesabagina either don’t have facts, know them and ignore them, or think that, it doesn’t matter the facts, this person is more important than the persons whose lives were lost or the families of those who lost lives,” he noted.