TO: US Representative to Congress
by Frank LeFever on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 11:15pm
FROM: F. Frank LeFever, Ph.D.
DATE: 26 October 2010
SUBJECT: Peter Erlinder's Rwandan client endangered by re-arrest
You took the lead in Congress to press for the release of Peter Erlinger, who went to Rwanda as defense lawyer for Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, but was himself arrested. Victoire has been re-arrested, and held in much worse conditions (some of us fear for her life in captivity and the new charges are much more serious. I know you must be preoccupied with the election, but if you can divert some attention to our emergency efforts to end the abuse of a courageous woman in east Africa, you would be serving a significant cause.
This is in the wider context of Kagame's outrage at being in effect indicted for genocide by the UN report leaked last August, forcing an official release October 1. It is also in the context of an ominous Rwandan troop build-up and displacement of refugees from North Kivu. I have much more information regarding Victoire's situation and the east-Congo powder keg.
KIGALI OCTOBER, 24- 2010, 9TH DAY IN JAIL.
Please find here below appending a short chronology of events Re: the second arrest and detention of madame Victoire INGABIRE, FDU-INKINGI Chairperson.
08th October - 04:00- Police siege. Until the arrest on 14th october, Victoire INGABIRE remained indoor.
09th October: Victoire asked the police spokesperson what was going on and she was told there was nothing to worry about.
11th October: Victoire reached the Prosecutor RUBERWA on phone and asked whether the bail conditions have changed because of the police siege. The prosecutor seemed to be surprised and promised to ask the Criminal Investigation Department.
14th October- 12:50: a police team entered the property, put Madame Victoire INGABIRE under arrest, and took her to CID headquarters. The police spokesperson informed the public that she is arrested because of new evidence implicating her in the formation of a terrorist organisation and that a key witness was arrested the day before along the DRC common border with documents and details implicating her.
14th October - evening: She is transfered to KICUKIRO police detention facility.
14th October - evening: the FDU INKINGI team brought her a mattress, clothes, blanket and hygienic items. The food was taken to the detention center as well. All the items are given to the guards and never to the detainee.
15th October: two lawyers visited her, and noticed she was still in handcuffs since the arrest. She slept in a seated position on the floor, and no personnal item was provided. She did not eat. The lead lawyer discussed the detention conditions with the security officers and was told that they did not make decision. He rushed to the CID headquarters and left with no assurance that the situation will improve.
16th October: the jailers decided to give only the blanket. She is still in handcuffs. No mattress, no clothes, no hygienic stuff. The lawyer discussed the situation with the hierarchy. In the evening, the handcuffs were removed for the night.
All the food provided is returned untouched. No member of the party or nobody from her house is allowed to see
her, nor to talk to her. Total blackout on her status. At this stage there was no doubt, she was not eating. We did not know whether she was given food or if she was unable to eat because of 24-hour handcuffs.
18th October: she is taken to GASABO Court House for the Prosecutor's interrogation. She is in the same outfit she had the time of her arrest. Her hair is undone, she is in handcuffs and weak.
18th October - late night, a Medical Doctor is rushed to her cell: The blood pressure has dropped dangerously, and some medication is given. The Police accepted this time to give the mattress and hygienic items.
On 19 October, the lawyer asked in a letter to the Police Commissioner to allow the client to go to hospital or to be seen by an independent Doctor.
18th - 21st October: Prosecutor's interrogations at the Gasabo Court House. She is always brought in in handcuffs. She is looking weak, exhausted and under duress.
21st October: Morning hours, the police rushed in again some medical staff and some medication is given again before the afternoon Prosecutor's confrontation exercise with the state-prepared key witness Major Vital UWUMUREMYI.
During the confrontation, the key witness claimed that he was given in 2008 - 2009 at least 1,000 USD to create, train a rebel group and to purchase weapons. He informed that since his repatriation in Rwanda in February 2009, he has never been involved in any other rebel activity. This gives an impression that the terrorist allegations are over 2 years old and that police statements in this respect are not accurate, for a reason.
22nd October: She is again seen by police medical doctor.Until now, people from our political party are not allowed to see her.
A bail hearing is supposed to happen on the 25th October at the GASABO Court House
For more information on her status please don't hesitate to be in touch with the FDU INKINGI Executive members or the lawyer.
FDU INKINGI, Secretary General
F. Frank LeFever, Ph.D.
Past President, New York Neuropsychology Group
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