Spanish lawyer asks Britain to stop Karake from leaving UK SPECIAL

By Judi Rever     A Spanish lawyer urged British authorities on Wednesday to stop Rwanda’s spy chief from leaving the UK, after a London court rejected a bid to have him extradited to Spain to face charges of terrorism, murder and torture. On Monday, General Karenzi Karake was set free and told he could return home within 48 hours, causing angry scenes by protesters outside the Rwandan embassy in London. “We request that General Karenzi Karake be prevented from leaving the United Kingdom and that precautionary measures imposed against him on…

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Rwanda: “Guilt Should Not Blind Us” to Rwanda Abuses, Says Expert

INTERVIEW By Julia Crawford The surprise June 20, 2015 arrest in London of Rwandan spy chief Karenzi Karake on a Spanish arrest warrant brought strong protest from the Rwandan government. Karake is currently free on bail, pending hearings in October on whether he should be extradited to Spain to face war crimes charges. Stephen W. Smith is professor of African studies at Duke University in the US, and a former Africa editor of leading French dailies Le Monde and Libération. In a recent Op-Ed in the New York Times he…

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War Crimes and Rwandan Realities

Gen. Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, the head of the Rwandan intelligence services who is now free on bail in London pending an extradition hearing in October, is an exemplar of the tightly knit group of diaspora Tutsis that ousted Rwanda’s Hutu-dominated government and rose to power during the 1994 genocide. Once a victim of human rights abuses, he now stands accused as a perpetrator. He is also a hostage — not of any justice system, but of an increasingly lone and erratic dictator, President Paul Kagame, who uses and abuses his…

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Britain arrests Kagame’s spy chief on genocide charges: Lawyer Special

BY JUDI REVER   Rwanda’s intelligence chief — indicted by Spain on genocide charges in 2008 — has been arrested in Britain, a Spanish lawyer representing victims in a case of universal jurisdiction said Monday. Emmanuel Karenzi Karake entered the UK more than a week ago and is now under arrest in London, Jordi Palou-Loverdos told Digital Journal.   Palou-Loverdos said confirmation of the arrest came from the Spanish court and Judge Fernando Andreu Merelles early Monday.   “I have received this morning the confirmation from the Spanish court and Judge…

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Australian troops remember Kibeho massacre in Rwanda

“The killing just went on and on right in front of us. None were spared, not even the babies on their mother’s backs.” It’s been 20 years since Terry Pickard witnessed the Kibeho massacre in Rwanda. It is, to this day, something that affects his life. “At least twice a week I have nightmares which wake me up,” he writes in his book Combat Medic. “I get the occasional flashback but try and remove myself from anything that might cause them. I don’t go to the butcher or the dump…

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Rwanda’s Paul Kagame warned he may be charged with aiding war crimes

US tells president he could face prosecution for arming groups that carried out atrocities in Democratic Republic of Congo. The head of the US war crimes office has warned Rwanda’s leaders, including President Paul Kagame, that they could face prosecution at the international criminal court for arming groups responsible for atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Stephen Rapp, who leads the US Office of Global Criminal Justice, told the Guardian the Rwandan leadership may be open to charges of “aiding and abetting” crimes against humanity in a neighbouring country…

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Sri Lanka War Crimes Against Tamils: Oregon Journalist Will Give Key Note Address at FeTNA in Baltimore

Tim and BonnieBALTIMORE – A key note address will be delivered at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) conference in Baltimore, Md. on July 6th and 7th. (www.fetna.org), by Salem-News.com’s Executive News Editor, Tim King.

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War Criminals are not welcome in Canada

 BAHATY BAYAVUGE, Abraham from CongoToronto, Ontario, August 18, 2011 — Today, the federal government expanded its “Wanted by the CBSA” list to include individuals who have failed to comply with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and have criminal convictions in Canada. The announcement was made in Toronto by the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety, Candice Hoeppner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, Chris Alexander and Luc Portelance, President of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

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