Kagame refused to accept unconditional surrender in 1994, says ICTR defense lawyer

 

International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda (ICTR) Defense Counsel Christopher Black spoke to the Taylor Report, on CIUT 89.5fm-Toronto, and cuit.fm online, about the evidence he presented at the ICTR to win full acquittal for one of his clients and partial acquittals for others.  A week earlier The Taylor Report spoke to Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, Rwandan President Paul Kagame's former Chief of Staff, former Rwandan Ambassador to the U.S., and former Secretary-General of Kagame's ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front Party.  At the beginning of October, Rudasingwa published a statement that Kagame ordered the assassination of the  Rwandan and Burundian presidents that triggered the Rwanda Genocide.

Black said that President Kagame, when he was General Kagame, the leader of the Rwandan Patriotic Army that invaded Rwanda from Uganda, had refused to accept the unconditional surrender of the Rwandan Army, several days after Habyarimana's assassination, because doing so would have required them to negotiate with the surviving government of the slain president, and prevented the genocide which became Kagame's excuse for dictatorship. 

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