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On Mr Kabuga: Letter to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, The Republic of Rwanda

Posted by African Press International on May 23, 2008

Publisher: Korir, africanpress@getmail.no

Flicien KabugaMr Flicien Kabuga (right) Since publishing the first story on Mr Flicien Kabuga and his intended surrender to the government of Rwanda, API has been bombarded by many media outlets interested in the story

Today, a letter has been dispatched to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Republic of Rwanda Mr. Mr Tharcisse Karugarama. The letter has been channeled through the Rwandese Ambassador in Brusssels.

To make it easier for those who are following thecase, API has decided to make public the letter to the minister. When the government of Rwanda receives the letter and shows interest in getting the confidential document detailing Mr Kabuga’s intentions, API will be able to comment on the contents of thedocument. API will retain the document until such time that the Government of Rwanda gives the green light for delivery.

This is a big test for the Government of Rwanda who must also consider how the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) will react if any talks between the government and Mr Kabuga takes place.

On the other hand, Mr Kabuga has indicated he is impatient and hopes the government takes a decision to hold talks sooner rather than later.

Being tried in Rwanda
According to the Monitor newspaper the Rwandan government minister of Justice was quoted in February by The Monitor newspaper of UGanda saying it is better for people like Kabuga to be tried in Rwanda.
Read the Monitor’s story below:
“Rwanda government supports former minister’s arrest

ROBERT MUKOMBOZI

KIGALI

THE Rwanda government has welcomed the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)’s crackdown on a former minister wanted on genocide crimes.
The fact that ICTR has managed to arrest him shows a lot of efforts put in by this court to bring all the culprits to justice,” the Rwandan Justice Minister, Mr Tharcisse Karugarama told journalists in an interview on Thursday.

Mr Karugarama said the arrest of this top genocide fugitive brings hope that many other genocide suspects around the world would pay for their evil deeds.

Mr Callixte Nzabonimana, who served as minister of youth and sports in Rwanda’s interim government in 1994, was arrested last Tuesday in the Tanzanian town of Kigoma.

Mr Nzabonimana, 55, is facing six charges, including counts of genocide, public incitements and conspiracy to commit genocide. The indictment against the former minister said he conspired with others to devise a plan to exterminate Rwanda’s civilian Tutsi and eliminate members of the political opposition.

Mr Nzabonimana is jointly charged with six others: Mr Augustin Bizimana, Mr Edouard Karemera, Mr Andre Rwamakuba, Mr Mathieu Ngirumpatse, Mr Joseph Nzirorera and Mr Felicien Kabuga.

Mr Nzabonimana on Wednesday, pleaded not guilty before ICTR to eleven counts of genocide. Mr Karugarama said it would be better for such top genocide fugitives to be tried at home.”

So Mr Kabuga is merely heeding the Justice minister’s call to be tried at home.

Here below it the communication to the Embassy:

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The email to the Ambassador:

Original message—–

From: “African Press International (API)” <africanpress@getmail.no>
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2008 12:01 AM
Subject: Re: Re: Felicen Kabuga’s intent for negotiated surrender to the Rwandese government

To the Ambassador
Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda
Brussels


Re: Attached letter to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General -
Rwanda, on Mr Flicien Kabuga


Your urgent action in the matter will be appreciated. We are hopeful that
the minister will get the letter within a couple of days. Please let me know
when the letter has been dispatched and received by the minister.

Yours Sincerely,

K. Korir
Chief Editor
African Press International – API

The letter to the Minister:

To The Minister of Justice and Attorney General

The Government of Rwanda

Through

The Ambassador

Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda

Brussels

Re: Mr Flicien Kabugas intended surrender to your government

Now that Mr Kabuga has taken a decision to face justice in his home country on terms to be agreed upon, It is my believe that the government will seize the opportunity, one that will give both parties an opportunity to put things right once for all and heal some of the wounds due to the tragedy of 1994.

Mr Kabuga has entrusted unto me, a document that has to be delivered to you directly. The presentation can either be done in person or by email.

If it is agreed that the delivery is by email, it will be important to have a telephone conversation between us in an effort to agree on how to do it so that it does not end up in wrong hands.

It has to be made clear that Mr Kabuga is not asking for amnesty, but an opportunity to clear his name and assist the government to get answers so that the right culprits of the genocide are made to answer for their crimes.

At this day, we do not have the right to disclose the contents of the document, but can confirm to you that the information therein is very relevant and useful for the purposes of clarifying many issues that has tortured the minds of many good people of Rwanda. This document, if its contents is taken seriously, may bring to a close the suffering of many who will get answers to questions that still bother them on a daily basis since 1994 until this day.

I look forward for an answer as soon as your government finds time to agree on what step to take in the matter. It is understandable that the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda may find it difficult to accept Mr Kabugas proposals in the document, and may try to block any talks between Mr Kabuga and your government. And yet again, his proposals might solve so many outstanding cases that the government and the people of Rwanda would like to see getting answers. Owing to this point, the government may have to give a priority to the people who want to know the truth at this moment, now that such opportunity is at hand..

I remain in readiness to hear from you,

Sincerely yours,

K. Korir

Chief Editor/ African Press International API

Telephone: 0047 932 92280 or 0047 932 99739

Oslo Norway 23.may 2008

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African Press International – API

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