Saturday, April 9, 2011

Lazare Kobagaya In Eye Of The Great Lakes Moral Universe

Mother Jones reporter Mac Mclelland is heading to Congo for a story that
"is violent and fascinating and has implications that reach back to the United States; that it explores much-needed information about global foreign policy".
It obviously does not need rocket science to understand that the story of the great lakes wars will eventually have far reaching consequences. In preparation for her Congo trip Mac Mclelland spent some quality time with Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague: Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

Ever since the media savvy Paul Kagame had to leave Oklahoma Christian University through the back door, because three lawyers filed a lawsuite against him, the regime in Kigali is doing all it can to make sure Lazare Kobagaya is convicted. The Lawyer defending Lazare Kobagaya, Kurt Kerns (one of the three lawyers), crisscrossed africa to find witnesses that can prove 83-year-old Lazare Kobagaya from Kansas did not participate in mass killings during the genocide in Rwanda and that he is falsely being accused by Kagame's regime. Kurt Kerns traveled to Kigali to defend Peter Erlinder at the end of may 2010.

Stephen J. Rapp visited Kigali last week in the run up to Kobagaya's trial next month which was eagerly reported by Rwandan blogger @annoncyy yesterday:
"Kobagaya’s trial on Genocide charges is scheduled to open next month, the first Genocide case to be tried in the US."
Last month Eli Rosenbaum, Director of Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, spoke about Lazare Kobagaya and Rwanda. Eugenie Mukeshimana, a staffer at Rwanda Consulting and member of the leadership team at the Genocide Survivors support network attended that meeting. Sofar I have not found a transcript of what was said there.

Eugenie Mukeshimana coordinated the april 7th Rwandan genocide commemoration in Newyork 2010 at which the keynote speaker, Mr. Edouard Kayihura, who sought refuge at the Hotel Des Mille Collines, depicted in the movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’, shared his experiences. The New Times writes:
"In his address, he questioned the heroic actions of the main character in the movie, Paul Rusesabagina, suggesting that the real story is far different from the movie itself."
In the same, previously mentioned blogpost, Rwandan blogger @annoncyy also writes
"The US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Stephen J. Rapp, has said that his country will continue to facilitate Rwanda in bringing to book Genocide suspects and those financing the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda militia."
and
"Both officials confirmed that among the subjects discussed was Paul Rusesabagina, who is accused of financing the FDLR."
Let me remind Stephen J. Rapp that previous false allegations concerning Paul Rusesabagina and Senator Robert Krueger of sending weapons to the FDLR have never been substantiated. Does Stephen J. Rapp actually grasp the terrifying meaning of Martin Luther King's often repeated expression:
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice"?

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