Rwandan president to probe Belgian priest trial
15 September 2005, BRUSSELS – Rwanda's president Paul Kagame has promised the Belgian prime minister he will personally investigate the case of priest Guy Theunis.
15 September 2005
BRUSSELS – Rwanda's president Paul Kagame has promised the Belgian prime minister he will personally investigate the case of priest Guy Theunis.
Theunis, a Belgian missionary who worked in Rwanda from 1970 until the year of the 1994 massacres, is being tried for inciting the genocide through publishing extremist articles and could face the death sentence if found guilty.
His arrest on 6 September in Kigali in the Democratic Republic of Congo surprised Theunis and many commentators both in Rwanda and in Belgium.
On Sunday, Human Rights Watch activist Alison des Forges appeared as a defence witness for him, stating he had done a lot of work for NGOs and human rights in Rwanda.
This week, the Catholic press agency Misna also printed faxes showing he had warned the church hierarchy of the genocide, before and while it was happening.
Prime minister Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian foreign minister Karel de Gucht and cooperation minister Armand De Decker used the United Nations summit in New York to meet Kagame and Rwandan foreign minister Charles Murigande.
Kagame promised to look into the case when he gets back to Kigali and to make contact with Verhofstadt.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news