Yesterday we reported that Richard Mugenzi, another one of the sham witnesses lined up by French judge Jean Louis Bruguiere, in the bogus case against nine senior government officials, has retracted his testimony.
In his testimony, he had claimed to have intercepted a radio communication that linked the RPF to the downing of former President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane.
It is on the basis of such fabricated evidence by Mugenzi and others that the judge, who ought to have been a custodian of justice, decided to shamelessly indict the Rwandan officials, formerly top commanders of the then Rwandese Patriotic Army (RPA).
Bruguiere, was in the first place denounced for indicting the officials without giving them a chance to give their side of the story, an anomaly that was rightly described by international jurists as a miscarriage of justice.
Rwandans have to once again appreciate the courage expressed by the Director of State Protocol, Rose Kabuye, whose decision to face down the French judges can only be termed as a turning point in this case which is fast losing all steam.
The French judge stands in shame as witness after witness jumps off the band wagon of made up testimonies that have evidently hit a dead end.
We cannot shy away from the fact that these witnesses, who were lured into making such testimonies on the grounds of flimsy promises such as ‘political asylum’ could not stand any legal scrutiny, before a court of law.
It was well put by Abdul Joshua Ruzibiza, who now lives in Norway, that after being facilitated to Europe by operatives of the FDLR, he was given a document that contained the made up testimonies for him to sign.
He simply would have had no chance in any court of law.
The Rwandan people keenly await Mrs. Kabuye’s case to be opened by the French court as justice delayed is justice denied.