The Prosecution witness in the case involving Hotel Rwanda ‘hero’ Paul Rusesabagina and 20 co-accused has said that Rusesabagina facilitated his own arrest to a great extent.
Bishop Constantin Niyomwungere was heard by the High Court Chamber of International and Cross Border Crimes of Nyanza sitting at the Supreme Court in Kigali after several efforts by the defence to refute the prosecution’s request to have him give his testimony.
Rusesabagina had defended that “that man is a liar. He tricked from the beginning and cannot give any good testimony. By the way, I filed a case against him at East Africa Human Right Court and in Belgium. We shall meet elsewhere, not in this case. Having him, in this case, would be but an embarrassment.”
The prosecution had presented Niyomwungere as a key witness that would explain how Rusesabagina was not kidnapped as he claims.
After the court ruling that any party in the trial has the right to present witnesses, Niyomwungere who speaks Kirundi took the floor and gave a lengthy explanation of how he fitted into Rusesabagina’s own plan to go to Burundi “to meet officials and his fighters”.