The lawyers of Félicien Kabuga, accused of being the “financier” of the Rwandan genocide, announced on Sunday that human rights defender Jacques Toubon would condemn “attacks on his fundamental rights” since his arrest on Saturday, May 16
The lawyers from Félicien Kabuga, accused of being the “financier” of the Rwandan genocide, announced on Sunday May 24 that human rights defender Jacques Toubon would be arrested. They have condemned “violations of his fundamental rights” since his arrest on Saturday, May 16, according to a letter consulted by AFP.
Laurent Bayon and Nejma Labidi ask Jacques Toubon to intervene in the “double dysfunction” of justice “that violates the fundamental rights of Félicien Kabuga”.
Félicien Kabuga, who said he wanted to “be tried in France”, will reappear on May 27 before the Chamber of Inquiry at the Court of Appeal in Paris, following a first appearance on Wednesday, May 20 at 2 p.m. during which his attorneys were given a time limit to prepare their defense.
“Despite many reminders, Sunday (…), I still do not have a copy of the documents in the proceedings,” the lawyers condemn.
This hearing should enable the validity of the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (MTPI) structure responsible for completing the work of the former Rwanda International Criminal Court (ICTR), located in Arusha, Northern Tanzania – then give an opinion, favorable or not, on his surrender.
The lawyers also announced on Friday a lawsuit against the French state for “attack on presumption of innocence”, following a May 16 press release from the Paris Prosecutor’s Office and the Central Bureau of the Fight against Humanity (OCLCH) announces the arrest of Félicien Kabuga.
The lawyers dispute the qualification of Félicien Kabuga in this press release as “one of the most important Rwandan genocides”.
In their referral Sunday, the lawyers assure that their request “has not yet been examined” despite “the urgency (…) to put an end to this apparent violation of the presumption of innocence” by a man who “disputes every participation in the genocide”.
“A date will be given to these lawyers from Monday. It’s a practice for everyone,” replied the Paris Court of Justice, contacted by the AFP.
The two lawyers also filed a petition Friday for the release of Félicien Kabuga, imprisoned in the Paris Health Care Center, in the name of “his age and his particularly fragile health”. It will be examined on Wednesday by the Chamber of Inquiry at the High Court in Paris, Laurent Bayon announced.