“The High Court Chamber for International and Cross-Border Crimes this Monday sentenced Callixte Nsabimana to a 20-year jail term for his role in several FLN militia attacks launched in the southern part of Rwanda” (The New Times (Rwanda), 20.09.2021).
“BREAKING: Rusesabagina has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for being part of a terrorist group that conducted raids on Rwanda, claiming lives of civilians, wounding others & looting properties. The 67-year-old is the founding president of MRCD-FLN” (The New Times (Rwanda), 2021).
Paul Rusesabagina and Callixte Nsabimana aka Sankara have been sentenced for their actions. Rusesabagina have gotten the most headlines and been seen as a “hero”. However, that is far from the fact and his actions after “Hotel Rwanda” should be treated as it is. Yes, the regime and tyranny of Paul Kagame shouldn’t be left behind or lost in the argument.
Still, these two gentlemen was part of an armed rebellion against the state. Both of these gentlemen participated in acts, which is easily to define as terrorism and acts of treason against the state. They participated in armed rebellion and insurgency in both FNL and MRCD. It is not like they we’re peaceful doves to Kigali. No, they used all means and arms to get their way.
Not like Paul Kagame acts with sincere or just means to his opposition. That is well known. Kagame and the regime has blood on its hands. Still, the sovereign should have the ability and use the Courts to stop acts like this.
They used proxy militias to try to overthrow Kagame. Yes, Kagame and the Rwandan Patriotic Army/Front (RPA/F) used the same means to take power. Nevertheless, the state is doing what is righteous. We know this is targeted against their enemies. Because, we know the Kigali government have sponsored and financed militias in proxy as well. Therefore, the state knows perfectly well how these are run and the persons who are sentenced should have known better.
I have little to no sympathy for these gentlemen. They acted with intent and means. Armed and trained militias for own personal gains. This would have made them powerful and the new regime. That would have been the case, if they had succeeded and ability to overthrow Kagame.
This is why they are sentenced and its well deserved. The ones praising and shocked that ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero is charged and sentenced. Well, they shouldn’t be… because his acts since then is vicious and sinister. He acted as another warlord and he got caught. That’s why he will be behind bars and pay the price for these actions. Just like Sankara did for his participation in the MRCD. Peace.
“JUST IN: Rwanda has deported Belgian lawyer Vincent Lurquin for violation of his tourist visa. Lurquin showed up in court on Friday, dressed up in a lawyer’s gown, as one of Paul Rusesabagina’s lawyers yet he is not licensed to practise in Rwanda” (The New Times (Rwanda), 21.08.2021).
You know… lawyers and advocates are supposed to be smart. They are supposed to read the room and have knowledge of law. In such a manner, that they can win a case and come up arguments to “save” or “win” for their clients. However, the Belgian Lawyer Vincent Lurquin isn’t that smart or brilliant. His a man who thinks his above the law.
If this case had been in Belgium and a Rwandan lawyer came to represent someone. First, the lawyer would need the right type of Visa and be allowed to enter the Kingdom. Secondly, the lawyer would need to accepted by the bar and by the authorities to be authorized to work. Therefore, the Rwandan lawyer couldn’t just show up on a tourist visa and expect to work or represent a client in the first place. The lawyer would have to peel the onion of all the layers to be allowed to do his work.
The same would be in regard to Lurquin who was brave enough or dumb for that matter. To think because of his heritage, nationality and profession. That he could just walk into a court room in Rwanda and represent his client without the right working visa and secondly not be authorized by the authorities to do so. That just shows ignorance and blatant disregard for Rwandan Bar Association and legal system.
He could have gotten way out, but he didn’t:
“Advocates from foreign Bar Associations shall be granted the right to practice if need be, provided they observe the regulations governing the Advocates’ profession in Rwanda. The President of the Bar Association has the power to grant such authorization” (International Bar Association – ‘Rwanda International Trade in Legal Services’).
Seemingly, there are provisions and possibilities for foreign lawyers to practice in Rwanda. They just needs to observe and follow regulations following the Rwandan Bar Association. Just like a Rwandan lawyer would have to follow the regulations of a Belgian Bar Association. That is just how things goes and I have little to no pity for fools like Lurquin.
Lurquin should know better… he is just acting arrogantly and without jurisdiction. He was out of his zone and had no rights to practice as a lawyer. No, matter if his client had hired him or not. The lawyer couldn’t just show up in court and act supreme without any prior authorization or viable working visa. That just show his arrogance and ignorance.
That is a disgrace and wouldn’t be acceptable anywhere else either. It is stupid and dumb. That a man of his profession is acting this way. Actually, this is illegal and it was righteous to deported.
For a lawyer and a attorney he is surely not worth his salary. He should know better and before he put himself on the plane to Kigali. The lawyer should have fixed the formalities and also applied through the proper channels. Since, they exists and even if they are time-consuming. It is the right thing to do. Especially, when you are representing someone who is seen as a terrorist, treasonous and been supporting armed militias to overthrow the current regime. At that very moment, you should be more careful and consider all angles, as every step or move you do will be analysed. However, he was a fool and he thought he could get away with it.
I don’t even think a Rwandan lawyer could pass the airport in Brussels without the right paperwork. The immigration and clearance unit into Schengen area would restrict access to the person. If they believed the “alien” would practice law without prior paperwork and visa’s to do so. Therefore, the Belgian Lawyer is lucky that he wasn’t getting into more trouble. He was able to fly and even participate on Friday in Court without license. That says it all.
He is not that bright. This will not shed a light on the case and neither be a valid argument for the proceedings. Only show how one of the defence lawyers was in contempt of the court. As he didn’t even care to follow the practice or the regulations of set court. Peace.
The revelations of the Pegasus project and the surveillance from various of international states into people’s smart phones should worry us as citizens. When both rouge and friendly states does this … we should wonder why? And for what reason? No matter, which nation or republic does this to its citizens or aliens, heck even foreigners they are worried about. They should still be asked, why?
We know that surveillance and intelligence operations have happened before. Where the authorities have listened through “the wire” and been able to catch criminals on tape. That is now ancient and the methods are more sophisticated. They are able to monitor, without a trace see and follow a person. That’s what the Israeli Pegasus did and the Rwandan authorities did this.
The Rwandan authorities did it as such a large scale. They did at other heads of state. Journalists in Kampala and also other dissidents living in Europe. The Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) did it all and used it such an extent of following more than 3,500 Rwandan telephone-numbers. That says it all.
The authorities in Kigali had no issues to tap these phones, listen in and monitor the movements of these people. They must clearly have huge servers and archives to keep this data. The authorities have breached the privacy of so many people and done so across the borders.
That should worry people… as the government have now collected this and done this. It is a hacking operation done to surveillance people of all kinds. The tyrant was spying and could use this to kidnap, assassin and detain dissidents or even blackmail them. There is dozens of options to get dirt on the individuals and use this information for the benefit of Kigali.
That is what the people should be worried about. Kagame can easily target these fellow human beings and publish something. Because he has this after the hacking and surveillance of these people.
The RPF have already used violent means to get rid of their enemies. To use Pegasus makes sense to get leverage and methods to shield their actions. In such a manner… that the intelligence could mask and find the right time to catch and silence the ones they have on their list.
This is why this is very fitting for a rational and a cold-hearted ruler. The government get access and could easily without jurisdiction or justification get the intelligence the authorities wants. That’s why the Pegasus was a gift to Kagame and others of his kind. They must have rubbed their hands and praised the lord for the technical option and ability to hack into these phones.
So, I am not surprised … but the President should answer for the need to hack 3500 telephone numbers and various amounts of aliens as well. Why? What was the reason?
Did they all offend the Don at one point? Did some of them write satire? Did some of them make political cartoons? Did some of them make patriotic songs? What did they do?
That’s what I wonder about and I don’t think we will ever get a honest answer for this. But know this was used for vicious means and plenty have paid the price for this operation though the Pegasus programme. Peace.