Ugandan website restores trashed story alleging Rutabana is dead

The managers of a Ugandan-based website SoftPower News happen to be facing total confusion and backlash after publishing on their website a story claiming that Benjamin Rutabana, a French citizen is dead. Rutabana, a French citizen of Rwandan origin disappeared on Ugandan soil in September 2019, a few days after he had landed in the country for a business trip. In the story dated August 30, 2020, they claimed to have interviewed a Rwandese army deserter who allegedly told them he had witnessed the killing of French citizen Benjamin Rutabana in cold blood. “I received Rutabana and saw everything. I…

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‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero Paul Rusesabagina charged in Kigali, to answer 12 charges

Paul Rusesabagina, the Hollywood movie Hotel Rwanda hero, appeared in a court in Kigali on Monday for a pretrial hearing. He was brought to the Kagarama Primary Court in a detention van at about 9am, wearing a mask, a checkered jacket, a cream shirt, and khaki trousers amid tight security. Mr Rusesabagina only spoke to his lawyers as journalists flanked him inside the court to take pictures and videos. Presiding Judge Dorothy Yankurije read out a list of 12 charges against him including terrorism, murder, financing terrorism, forming terror groups, and arson. His lawyers requested the court to release him…

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New exclusive findings on Benjamin Rutabana’s disappearance on Ugandan soil

An American human rights organization, International Relief and Human Rights Initiative (IRHRI), hasn’t called it quits in the search for the whereabouts of French citizen Benjamin Rutabana. Rutabana, a French citizen of Rwandan origin, disappeared on Ugandan soil in September 2019, a few days after landing at Entebbe International Airport. His disappearance still baffles his family, about a year on, and that’s the reason they approached IRHRI to help by applying their expertise and resources to locate Rutabana’s whereabouts. After launching its investigations and involving into other rigorous processes including among others, a court hearing, IRHRI has since established that…

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American rights firm refutes Nyamwasa’s claims on missing Rutabana

American rights firm refutes Nyamwasa’s claims on missing Rutabana The American-based human rights organization, International Relief for Human Rights Initiative (IRHRI), has refuted claims by the exiled former Rwanda Defence Force Chief, Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa that he is not in any way involved in the disappearance of French citizen Benjamin Rutabana. Rutabana went missing in September, 2019 a few days after arriving in Uganda for a probably business trip. Rutabana, using passport number 16DA52086, left Brussels, Belgium on September 4, 2019 at 21:45 in an Emirates Airlines flight, had a stopover at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates, before proceeding…

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French court rejects new probe of plane downing that sparked Rwanda genocide

French appeals judges on Friday rejected a request to reopen an investigation into the 1994 assassination of Rwanda’s president Juvenal Habyarimana, which sparked the genocide that killed 800,000 people. Families of those who died when Habyarimana’s plane was shot down will bring a challenge to Friday’s decision to France’s supreme court, their lawyers announced. The appeals court in Paris had been asked to revisit a 2018 decision to throw out a probe against nine members and former members of incumbent President Paul Kagame’s entourage in a case that has poisoned relations between the two countries. A plane carrying Habyarimana, from…

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US explains position on the UN General Assembly resolution on the Rwandan genocide

Since the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda and the establishment in 2003 of the “International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda,” April 7 has become a solemn day to commemorate the more than 800,000 men, women, and children whose lives were lost during 100 days of unspeakable violence; the United States joins consensus with the entire UN General Assembly to support the continuation of this “International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda” so that each year, we may continue to honor the victims and the survivors who carry the memories of these atrocities….

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Prosecutor seeks transfer of Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga to UN custody

Leading Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga could be held initially in The Hague rather than Africa due to coronavirus travel restrictions after war crimes investigators requested his transfer into UN custody from France, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. Kabuga, 84, was detained in a Paris suburb on Saturday after a quarter century on the run. He was the most high-profile fugitive of the UN tribunal which tried suspects related to the 1994 massacres in Arusha, Tanzania. It closed years ago, but a successor body still operates there and in the Netherlands. “We already requested his transfer,” prosecutor Serge Brammertz said…

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French trial for Rwandan genocide suspect delayed to 2021

The genocide trial of a French-Rwandan former hotel driver, scheduled for September in Paris, has been postponed to next year due to the coronavirus lockdown, a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday. Claude Muhayimana, formerly a driver at a hotel on Lake Kivu in western Rwanda, is accused of transporting Hutu militiamen to sites where massacres were carried out. His trial — the third in France over the 1994 Rwandan genocide — will now take place from February 2 to 26, said the source. Muhayimana faces charges of complicity in genocide and “aiding and abetting” crimes against humanity. The charges…

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Rwanda’s most wanted genocide fugitive arrested in France

Rwanda’s most wanted genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga was on Saturday arrested in Paris, the French justice ministry and the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals announced. Kabuga, 84, has been living under a false identity in a flat in Asnieres-Sur-Seine, near Paris. He had evaded justice for 25 years as Rwanda relentlessly pursued his arrest. “The arrest of Kabuga today is a reminder that those responsible for genocide can be brought to account, even 26 years after their crimes,” said Serge Brammertz, chief prosecutor of The Hague-based Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT). “Our first thoughts must be with…

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