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Wednesday, April 12, 2006


This article by Edmund Sanders, about a prosecutor standing up for the victims of the alleged government organized genocide in Rwanda was originally published in the L A Times on April 12, 2006:

ARUSHA, Tanzania — Attorney Barbara Mulvaney has spent three years prosecuting the accused mastermind of the Rwanda genocide.

But her most personal contact with him came only recently, when he casually testified about how he would go about assassinating someone in the courtroom, his cold stare swiveling in her direction.

Col. Theoneste Bagosora, a former military commander accused of overseeing the mass killings of Rwandan Tutsis in 1994, was asked to explain how he had issued orders.

To answer, he gave a detailed hypothetical illustration about dispatching a killer to infiltrate the tightly guarded war crimes tribunal here.

"If you give an order to someone, for example, to come and kill someone here in this courtroom," Bagosora began, turning his head toward the prosecution table at the far side of the room and locking eyes with Mulvaney.

"That was chilling," the former Playa del Rey resident remembered scribbling on a note to her co-counsel as Bagosora went on to explain how his assassination order would include specifics about the courtroom layout and position of guards.

For the whole story, click here.


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