By Norman W Miwambo
A U.S. human rights lawyer who served time in a Kigali prison in 2010 after being arrested on the orders of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, has revealed that the Rwandan ruler has support from “elements of all US agencies when needed”.
In an interview with The London Evening Post about the assassination of Col Patrick Karegeya in a Johannesburg hotel on New Year’s day, Prof Peter Erlinder, a lecturer at the William Mitchell College of Law in St Paul, Minnesota, said: “Order from Kagame in October 2010 meant [that this type of things] will not end until he is deposed.”
Prof. Erlinder, who also worked as a defense counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), in Arusha Tanzania, was in April 2010 arrested on charges of ‘genocide denial’ by the Kagame regime in Kigali. The professor had gone to Kigali to represent Ms Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza the leader of United Democratic Forces (UDF), now incapacitated in a Rwandan jail.