Former national prosecutor, Alain Mukuralinda, on Thursday launched a book that gave details the five-year court battle in the case involving Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza who is serving a 15-year jail sentence.
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Titled “Qui manipule qui?” which literally translates “Who Manipulates Who?”, the book written in French talks about what happened during the investigations and reveals some other evidence that was not used in court to pin the convict.
Mukuralinda, who for a long time served as the spokesperson of the National Public Prosecution Authority, said that he was inspired to write the book by the constant taunting he got as the prosecuting officer of the case.
The former prosecutor, who for the last three years has been living in The Netherlands – not far away from Ingabire’s former residence – was constantly taunted by people misled by Rwandan dissidents, accusing him of fabricating evidence on which Ingabire was pinned.
Ingabire was convicted for among other crimes, plotting against an established government through working with the terror group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).
She is the founding leader of FDU-Inkingi, a political outfit that has never been registered in Rwanda.
“People were always on my neck in Europe and all over the world arguing that we lied and forged evidence against Ingabire. This book will help the reader draw their own conclusion because everything is there. I do not want to say this is the truth, but I wanted to narrate to the world what happened during the case,” Mukuralinda said.
Mukuralinda, who has already launched his book in Europe, wondered why people chose “alternative facts” to explain merits of the case yet it was carried out in public from beginning to end.
Since 2010, the FDU-Inkingi leader was in court where prosecution charged her with forming a terrorist group, conspiracy to wage war and conduct terror activities as well as forming an armed group with the aim of destabilising the country.
“You will find in the book evidence on how Ingabire wired money to FDLR fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which she denied in court but admitted to be the owner of an email full of conversations with FDLR leaders,” he added.
Mukuralinda also noted in the book that during his research, he found other evidence from the United Nations dating from 2008 that Ingabire was declared to be working with the FDLR, which prosecution did not use in court.
“Many countries helped us obtain evidence pinning the accused and those include The Netherlands, DRC, Burundi and the UN. I don’t see any powers that Rwanda wielded over those countries and big institutions that gave us the evidence we used in court,” he added.
As prosecutor, he admitted to have erred by not filing a report after each hearing, which he advices other prosecutors to do because after the case, some members of the media and other spectators decided to interpret the proceedings in a way that suited their narrative.
“The Netherlands did not provide us with all evidence seized at Ingabire’s home. In the book the reader will find out how the sentence in the Supreme Court was doubled because new evidence had proven her guilty. There is more evidence I came across in Europe that we did not bring to court,” Mukuralinda added.
The former prosecutor who is also a singer and songwriter, says that his book draws no conclusion and leaves that for the reader to decide, adding that in three months to come the English version of it will be out.
Costing Rwf15,000, the book is available in Caritas and Ikirezi libraries in Kigali, and online.