Rose Kabuye will be home for Christmas. This is welcome news for her family and friends, who, this Christmas were facing the possibility of an empty chair at the family table.
The fact that Rose Kabuye has been allowed to leave French territory, despite having been indicted on ‘terrorism” charges by judge Jean Louis Bruguiere, is a very loud messages that her charges are flimsy, unfounded and vindicate Rwanda’s consistent position that the charges were politically motivated.
From past experiences, people suspected of involvement in terrorist acts are kept behind maximum security walls and not given time off for good behavior as a Christmas gift.
The French justice system could be forgiven for wasting their taxpayers’ money chasing after an elusive rainbow in the horizon, but what legacy do they leave their peers in the EU on the value of universal jurisdictions?
Yes, the Germans allowed themselves to be dragged blindly into an embarrassing drama, on the pretext that they were simply applying EU rules on arrest warrants.
But would they have allowed one of their senior government officials to be dragged manu-militari to a French court without so much as give the warrants a second look? Highly doubtful!
Rose Kabuye’s case has come like Manna from heaven for all victims of double standards practiced by the so-called civilized world because it will expose the dirt that has often been swept under the EU carpet. But the war is not yet over.
They might have thought that by letting her go back home they are tempting her not to follow through with the case and save their faces at the same time, but they will get no such Xmas gift.
Rose will now take the war back to the French justice’s own backyard to convincingly defeat the political machinations that masquerade as justice.