Rwanda : Mugesera, Ingabire insist on revocation of genocide laws
Genocide suspects Léon Mugesera and the head of a yet to be registered political party, FDU Inkingi, Victoire Ingabire once more put the Supreme court to a test when the duo insisted that some articles of the genocide law be removed in their trials.
Court proceedings came to a deadlock when the said that the articles in the civil procedural code which had been previously used by the high court to pass their rulings respectively, do not give court audacity to proceed their trials.
Mugesera is accused of masterminding plans that led to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, in which more than one million Tutsi, while Ingabire faces charges of propagating genocide ideology charges of terrorism, promoting ethnic divisionism and propagating genocide ideology.
Ingabire petitioned the Supreme Court, saying that the current genocide law come into act after the alleged charges, and she also continues to seek proper interpretation of the genocide ideology law otherwise saying that the articles be scrapped from the constitution if it is relevant in her case.
Mugesera, who since his deportation from Canada, early this year, has stuck his argument on the fact that the High Court didn’t give him enough time to study the case files.
During his trial, he said the articles based on by the previous court to have a single appeal should be removed from the current court proceedings.
Both suspects were represented by their lawyers; however the Supreme Court judge ruled the next hearing of the court outcomes for Mugesera’s case will be read on September 28, 2012, and for Ingabire on October 05, 2012.