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Burkina Faso: Ex-soldier admits role in murder of Thomas Sankara

– – A former soldier has admitted his role in events leading to the death of former leader of Burkina Faso Thomas Sankara, 34 years ago. Yamba Elise Ilboudo, 62 is currently on trial, charged with complicity in endangering state security. The ongoing trial at a military court in Ouagadougou is hoping to bring closure to the assassination of Sankara, considered a revolutionary leader of Burkina Faso. Ilboudo on Tuesday said he helped transport a hit squad to assassinate Thomas Sankara. In his testimony to the court, the 62-year-old former…

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RNC Pleased With the outcome of Gen Kayumba’s Case

Jean Paul Turayishimiye RNC spokes person Rwanda National Congress is pleased with the ruling on the 2010 attempted murder case, against the life of General Kayumba Nyamwasa in South Africa. Though Pascal Kanyandekwe, and Richard, two Rwandans accused in the conspiracy of the plot were freed because of the insufficiency of evidence to convict them, it has left no doubt in the mind of the judge and the public, who those individuals worked for. The magistrate made it clear during the ruling that, the attempted murder of Gen Kayumba was…

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Congo militia leader ordered rapes, massacres: prosecutor

Defense Counsel Marc Desalliers (R) and Caroline Buteau look on during the case against Congolese militia leader Bosco Ntaganda at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, February 10, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/TOUSSAINT KLUITERS/UNITED PHOTOS/POOL (Reuters) – A Congolese militia leader widely known as “the Terminator” led fighters, including child soldiers, in a campaign of ethnically-motivated rape and murder, the International Criminal Court was told on Monday. Prosecutors told judges that Bosco Ntaganda had committed the crimes while leading fighters of Hema ethnicity to drive ethnic Lendus out of the mineral-rich…

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Exiled Rwandan says Kagame hunted him and others

A prominent Rwandan exile accuses the president of being a dictator, imprisoning political opponents and destabilizing East Africa, adding in an interview Thursday that he believes the leader, who he once served, has hunted him and other dissidents around the world.

Kayumba Nyamwasa, once Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s army chief, spoke to The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Thursday after finishing his testimony as a witness in the trial of six East Africans accused of attempted murder in his 2010 shooting. Rwanda’s government has denied involvement in an attack in Johannesburg that left Nyamwasa with a bullet lodged at the base of his spine.


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Rwandan Opposition Members continue to be under attack

By Jennifer Fierberg, MSW In a press release by the FDU-INKINGI party on Monday March 12, 2012 they had the following to state about the ongoing trial of Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza: RWANDA: INGABIRE POLITICAL TRIAL RESUMES. THE HIGH COURT SUSPENDS DEBATES ON GENOCIDE ALLEGATIONS UNTIL CONSTITUTIONALITY RULING. MARCH 12, 2012 Kigali, 12 March 2012 On 12 March 2012, the political trial of the opposition leader Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza resumed. About 200 people from all the folks attended the hearing, and some of them donned pink, a symbol of…

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A New Hope, Victoire Ingabire

Rwandan opposition politician, Victoire Ingabire, wins a partial victory in the first round in her fight against the country’s laws governing genocide ideology. High Court judges in Rwanda have partially suspended the trial of opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza until the country’s Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of the genocide ideology laws she is challenging–laws that allow for the punishment of children as young as 12 years old. Victoire Ingabire launched a legal challenge in a Kigali court earlier this week to nullify the laws related to “divisionism” and…

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