NKUNDA SEEKING KAGAME MEETING
To Orwell Today,
This is a very good statement from Nkunda's lawyer:
COUNSEL FOR LAURENT NKUNDA SEEK A MEETING WITH PRESIDENT KAGAMÉ
On Thursday 24 September 2009, Counsel representing Laurent NKUNDA once again requested a meeting with the President of the Republic of Rwanda, with the aim of addressing the situation of their client.
Indeed, Laurent NKUNDA MIHIGO is illegally detained by the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) since 23 January 2009. Since he was arrested, his counsels have tried on many occasions to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Rosemary MUSEMINARI, the Minister of Justice, Mr. Tharcisse KARUGARAMA and the Minister of National Defence, Mr. Marcel GATSINZI. Unfortunately, these Ministers from the Rwanda Government have still not responded to Laurent NKUNDA’s lawyers.
According to Counsel representing Laurent NKUNDA: "We would really like to meet with President KAGAMÉ with whom we hope to establish a dialogue with the aim of finding a solution to the situation of Laurent NKUNDA. He has been arbitrarily detained for much too long.”
In parallel to this request to meet the President of the Republic, Counsel for Laurent NKUNDA carry on seeking the release of their client via judicial means. On Tuesday 22 September 2009, counsel for Laurent NKUNDA filed a motion seeking the release of their client before the High Military Court in Kigali. It is noteworthy that this motion is directed at General James KABAREBE – Chief of the Defence Staff and Commander of the Rwanda Defence Forces – as the officer responsible for his illegal detention. The hearing of this motion will soon be scheduled.
The Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda provides that liberty of the person is guaranteed by the State (article 18). Any person deprived of liberty must be presented before a judge without delay for the purpose of being informed of the reasons justifying his arrest, which must be confirmed by a tribunal. These are fundamental rights guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights and the Constitution of Rwanda.
The Judicial Saga of Laurent Nkunda Continues in Rwanda. CNDP-Congo.org, Sep 26, 2009
New Motion Seeking the Release of Laurent Nkunda. CNDP-Congo.org, Sep 23, 2009
Requests for further information should be directed to
Famille Laurent NKUNDA Mihigo
at email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for sending along the press release - I was really beginning to worry that Nkunda really was becoming an Orwellian "refs unperson".
All the best,
PS - Here's a new press release, after no answer from the one ten days ago:
NKUNDA'S LAWYERS STILL HAVE NOT HEARD FROM KAGAME
CNDP-Congo.org, Oct 4, 2009
To this day, President Paul KAGAME has not responded to the request by Counsel representing Laurent NKUNDA for a meeting to discuss his arbitrary detention in Kigali. For the record, NKUNDA’s lawyers requested this meeting by official letter delivered to the Presidency on 24 September last, with the aim of working with the President of the Republic of Rwanda in finding a solution to this deadlock. Besides, even though the motion seeking the release of Laurent NKUNDA MIHIGO filed before the High Military Court was duly accepted by the Registrar, no hearing date has yet been scheduled to examine the grounds for his detention by the Republic of Rwanda since 23 January.
Consequently, NKUNDA’s lawyers have requested a meeting with the interim President of the High Military Court, Captain Bernard HATEGEKIMANA with a view to ensuring that a hearing will be convened as soon as possible. The meeting between the interim President of the High Military Court and Counsel representing Laurent NKUNDA MIHIGO should take place on Monday 5 October. The Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda provides that liberty of the person is guaranteed by the State (article 18). Any person deprived of liberty must be presented before a judge without delay for the purpose of being informed of the reasons justifying his arrest, which must be confirmed by a tribunal. These are fundamental rights guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights and the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda.
Nkunda's lawyers still have not heard from Kagame, CNDP-Congo.org, Oct 4, 2009
KAGAME ABET KABILA GET NKUNDA
KAGAME PLEASE PLAY NKUNDA ACE
WILL KAGAME SACRIFICE NKUNDA?
IS NKUNDA REFS UNPERSON?
NKUNDA SAFE LIKE LUMUMBA?
COMPATRIOTS DEMAND NKUNDA RELEASE
FREE NKUNDA TO FIGHT FOR CONGO
NKUNDA A TRUE BELIEVER
KAGAME HELPING NKUNDA NOT
NKUNDA LAST CONGO INTERVIEW
KNOW NKUNDA CONGO
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