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Turkey: UN judge convicted in Turkey resumes trial work remotely after passport is forfeit

June 19, 2017

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A UN judge found guilty in his native Turkey of membership of a terrorist organisation has resumed work on a stalled Rwanda genocide appeal while waiting for his own appeal to be heard.

Judge Aydin Sefa Akay, who sits at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, was sentenced to seven years and six months last week for membership of the ‘Gulenist Terrorist Organisation’ (FETO). FETO’s existence is insisted on by Turkish officials. He has been provisionally released on ‘humanitarian’ grounds.

Akay’s passport is ‘forfeit’ and he may not leave Turkey, but now that the UN court and its judges are in direct contact with Akay, it has resumed its work on Augustin Ngirabatware’s appeal against a 30-sentence for crimes that include organisation of a genocide.

The court’s first decision since Akay’s detention last September was to grant the defence’s request for a review of the original judgment. A spokesperson for the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) told the Gazette: ‘The mechanism’s understanding is that Judge Akay is confined to Turkey but… he has confirmed his ability and willingness to exercise his judicial functions in the Ngirabatware case.’

All of the judges on the bench, the spokesperson added, are currently carrying out their duties remotely apart from the president, judge Theodore Meron. Following Akay’s release from detention Meron consulted with Judge Akay, who confirmed his ability and willingness to exercise his judicial functions.





Rwanda: Rwanda blocks legal counsel to political prisoner Victoire Ingabire with Kafkaesque bureaucracy

May 25, 2016

Dutch lawyer Caroline Buisman and Rwandan political prisoner Victoire Ingabire

On May 19, 2016, the Rwandan government ordered Dutch lawyer Caroline Buisman to leave Rwanda immediately, without even meeting her new client, political prisoner Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. Buisman had arrived in the country’s capital Kigali on May 14, 2016, to consult with Ingabire regarding the appeal of her conviction for terrorism, inciting popular revolt and minimizing the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

The appeal is now before the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights in Arusha, Tanzania, which is independent of the Rwandan government and judiciary. Though the government prevented Buisman from obtaining a visa and meeting with her client before a March 4, 2016, court hearing, it finally granted a visa that allowed her to enter the country on May 14.

On Monday, May 16, 2016, Buisman went to the Kigali Bar Association to complete routine administrative formalities before meeting with Ingabire. On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Buisman and Ingabire’s Rwandan defense counsel, Gatera Gashabana, tried in vain to meet with her.

Rwanda blocks legal counsel to political prisoner Victoire Ingabire with Kafkaesque bureaucracy



Rwanda: Rwanda: l’avocate de l’opposante Victoire Ingabire sommée de quitter le pays

le 22 mai, 2016

Au Rwanda, l’avocate de l’opposante rwandaise, Victoire Ingabire, n’a pu rendre visite à sa cliente. Caroline Buisman dit avoir demandé, à deux reprises, un visa pour le Rwanda. Sans réponse, au bout de trois mois, elle est finalement entrée dans le pays avec un visa touristique. Jointe, par RFI, elle explique comment elle a été sommée de quitter le Rwanda.

Caroline Buisman, avocate néerlandaise de l’opposante rwandaise, Victoire Ingabire, s’est vue obligée, jeudi 19 mai, de quitter le Rwanda. Elle voulait aller voir sa cliente qui est actuellement emprisonnée, depuis 2010, pour conspiration.

Arrivée au Rwanda avec un visa de tourisme, Maître Caroline Buisman s’est bien identifiée dès son arrivée mais elle a été confrontée à toute une série de tracasseries jusqu’à son départ, sous les menaces, jeudi dernier.

« J’ai tout de suite déclaré que j’étais l’avocate de Victoire Ingabire et cela a été quarante-cinq minutes de questions. Ils ont appelé plein de gens et finalement ils ont autorisé mon entrée. Donc pour moi, c’était fini », a déclaré Maître Buisman.

Elle précise également qu’elle a passé « neuf jours » à vraiment essayer de voir sa cliente, ce qui lui a été refusé sans explications.