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Monday, May 14, 2012

RWANDA-USA: President Paul Kagame Served With Class Action Suit In Iowa

Frank LeFever · 115 subscribers
7 hours ago ·

    PRESS RELEASE:
    Correction: Please note the correction that the Africa Great Lakes Coalition did not serve the summons nor that it is associated with the plaintiffs or the lawyers of the plaintiffs. The summons and complaint were indeed served. Questions regarding the case must be addressed directly to the lawyers of the plaintiffs.
    President Paul Kagame Served With Class Action Suit In Iowa

    May 14, 2012 – A coalition of social justice organizations descended upon William Penn University on Saturday, May 12, 2012 to protest the honoring of General Paul Kagame by inviting him to give the commencement speech and awarding him with a honorary doctorate in Human Letters. The Coalition notes that General Kagame’s thirty-year career dominated by war, invasion and iron-fisted dictatorship, cannot be something that William Penn would have admired. Honoring that career violates those broader Quaker principles that we deeply admire—simplicity, peace-making, integrity, community and equality.

    In addition to the protest, President Kagame was served with a law suit. The summons and complaint filed with charges against "President Paul Kagame et al." were served at William Penn University's campus during his commencement speech on May 12, 2012 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Paul Kagame is the current president of the Republic of Rwanda.

    In this Case "4:12-cv-00191 - Habyarimana and Ntaryamira vs. Kagame et al., " Paul Kagame is being sued on 8 counts of "Wrongful Death and Murder, Crimes Against Humanity, Violation of the Rights of Life, Liberty and Security of Person, Assault and Battery, Intentional Infliction and Emotional Distress, Violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, Torture, Conspiracy to Torture" for his criminal activities in Rwanda and the Congo. He is being sued in this civil case for $350 million by the wives of former Rwandan and Burundian presidents Habyarimana and Ntaryamira.

    Kagame's co-defendants are William Penn University President Ann Fields (invited Kagame to speak, provided him with honorary degree, has business ties to Rwanda), former Rwandan ambassador Theogene Rudasingwa, and Pierre-Richard Prosper (American lawyer who defended Kagame in similar Oklahoma case, former prosecutor at the ICTR, former government official, former advisor to Mitt Romney).

    As Dr. King presciently noted, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice!"

    You can contact the legal team for the plaintiffs at the info below.

    Contact:
    International Humanitarian Law Institute
    Prof. Peter Erlinder, Director
    Email: peter.erlinder@wmitchell.edu
    Phone Number: Available only to journalists requesting an interview with the legal team

    Here are the legal documents being used for the case

    Summons
    http://kambale.com/pdf/kagame_case_iowa_summons_may11_2012.pdf

    Complaint/Case file
    http://kambale.com/pdf/kagame_case_iowa_complaint_may11_2012.pdf

    Letters sent to William Penn University President Ann Fields by the Africa Great Lakes Coalition
    http://congofriends.blogspot.com/2012/05/protesting-wpus-decision-to-honor.html
    http://kambale.com/pdf/kagame_case_iowa_summons_may11_2012.pdf
    kambale.com
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        Free-Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and Agaculama Mu Ikibunda like this.
            Ibuka Bose by da way how did the lawsuit in Okla State end?
            7 hours ago via mobile · Like
            Agaculama Mu Ikibunda Good question, JMD. I'll ask it to Prof. Peter Erlinder. It is not important that the Okhlahoma lawsuit ends, but it is mandatory that such lawsuits start somewhere and everywhere in the world, in Iowa, Madrid, Paris, Okhlahoma, Arusha... in order to finally destabilize this criminal Kagame Banana Republic regime. Best regards.
            7 hours ago · Like
            John Mukasa Some times i wonder what happened to civility with famous persons.Not in America,UK and not even in the third world. Hon-our has become a myth in that the future generation will classify it as we talk global warming.Extinct completely ...........
            7 hours ago · Like
            Andrew E. Mathis Case with dismissed in Oklahoma because Kagame is a sitting head of state; thus, he has immunity from prosecution.
            7 hours ago · Like
            Agaculama Mu Ikibunda ‎@Andrew. Is there a single exception of immunity for somebody who's accused of War Crime, Crime against Humanity and Crime of Genocide, in both US Laws and Constitution? Thanks for detailed answer.
            7 hours ago · Like
            Andrew E. Mathis Don't know. The closest case I can think of is Pinochet, who was accused of most of that. But he was not a sitting head of state when he was arrested in Spain about a decade ago.
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