Civil parties in a trial involving Hotel Rwanda “hero” Paul Rusesabagina and 20 co-accused have requested the high court chamber for international and crossborder crimes to have the trial proceed for their clients to “get justice.”
Rusesabagina and co-accused are alleged to have conducted several crimes on Rwandan soil in Nyaruguru, Nyamagabe and Nyamasheke district, especially in 2018.
The crimes included attacks of the MRCD-FLN which cost life to about 10 people, damaged several properties, livestock, crops, cars, among others.
All the accused are alleged to be part of MRCD-FLN, with Rusesabagina allegedly founder and main sponsor.
In the last five trials, Rusesabagina’s side filed objections which always obliged the court to postpone hearing in substance.
This morning, the court heard that Rusesabagina and his lawyer Felix Rudakemwa seeks six more months to prepare their trial.
Lawyer Mugabo Fidele said” If we continue with this pace, the trial in substance would start in 2022, yet a good trial shouldn’t go beyond 6 months. When will our clients get justice?”
The trial is set to decide on way forward after hearing all parties.
Other lawyers also suggested that the trial should proceed because the rights of one defendant should not empede the rights of others.