Saturday, June 4, 2011

Stephen Rapp's Silence On Kobagaya Trial Outcome

In april 2009 we could read:
"The United States government has implicated an elderly African man living in Kansas in the 1994 Rwandan genocide and accused him of concealing his role in the killings in order to win US citizenship."
Today we read
"Jurors in the trial of a Kansas man accused of ordering atrocities during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide tell The Associated Press the panel agreed unanimously that he had nothing to do with the mass killings."
The jury concluded that prosecution did a poor job as said Jurors Richard Shain and Bill Nelson:
"We didn't think the prosecution did a very good job. They put all their eggs in the genocide basket, and it didn't prove out."
Imagine for one second Lazare Kobagaya would have been convicted. The prosecution, Stephen Rapp, Susan Rice and Paul Kagame's regime would be crying victory all over the internet.

Stephen Rapp visited Kigali a couple of weeks before the Lazare Kobagaya trial started and made the following statement:
"We are pursuing (as very high priority) human rights violators accused of the Genocide, who managed to enter the US and managed to get their refugee status and citizenship,” said Rapp, a former Prosecutor at the Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
“It is a very high priority in the Department Of Justice to prosecute these people, for the false claims they made, and the lies they put on their forms, that they were not involved in the Genocide,”
A clear attempt by this individual to influence the outcome of the Lazare Kobagaya case. We now know that witness tampering occured in the Lazare Kobagaya case. When will Stephen Rapp come out publicly with a statement on the outcome of the Lazare Kobagay case?

The American people deserve answers why more then a million dollars was spent using false testimonies from a country ruled by a genocide suspect that has been accused of multiple assasination attempts both in Africa and Europe?

The American people deserve answers as to why the justice department ignored the warning signals concerning the serious witness tampering accusations in the Lazare Kobagaya case. Especially in the context of the rigged 2010 elections.

Paul Kagame will visit Chicago june 12th. Obviously the regime and it's friends, Ambassador Susan Rice and Stephen Rapp would have used the outcome of the Lazare Kobagaya to spread their propaganda message concerning their great African leader. A conviction of Lazare Kobagaya was supposed to have set the stage for Paul Kagame's visit to Paul Rusesabagina's city:
"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."
Paul Rusesabagina supported Governor Patt Quinn during his election campaign in 2009, see video below.

Justice will not be served until those involved in the witness tampering in this case will be brought to justice. If it can be proven that American officials like Stephen Rapp knew ahead that witness tampering was very likely to occur in this case, I am convinced these individual will have to be brought to justice.

As I said earlier, if Stephen Rapp thinks that his position as State Department War Crimes chief makes him immune to the long arm of the law he is fooling himself. As Martin Luther King said:
"the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice"


In the context of this story listen to Professor Peter Erlinder keynote address at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Tampa, Florida on February 27, 2011 at a conference entitled "Wake Up Call for Civil Liberties". In the second part he talks about money transfers:

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