Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Canada: Protest letter to Prime Minister and Cabinet Members

CHRISTOPHER C. BLACK
BARRISTER
Counsel List, International Criminal Court
Lead Counsel, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda


                                                                                           September 23, 2013

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C, M.P. Prime Minister
Honourable Steven Blaney, P.C, M.P. Minister of Public Safety,
Honourable John Baird, P.C., M.P. Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Honourable Peter Mackay, P.C. M.P. Minister of Justice
House of Commons,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6

Dear Prime Minister and Ministers

Re: Visit of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda September 28, 2013

I have been asked to convey to you the attached statement of protest against the visit to Canada of Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, scheduled to make a speech in Toronto on September 28, 2013.

The statement of protest is clear and I will not repeat its contents here. Pursuant to the facts contained in that statement the organisations and political parties concerned hereby seek your reconsideration in allowing this visit to take place and request that it be interdicted. They also ask your assistance in prosecuting Paul Kagame under the laws governing Canada’s universal jurisdiction with respect to war crimes.

You will understand that the visit of this man, whose war crimes are notorious, is causing great distress to the organisations concerned and all concerned Canadians and can only bring dishonour to the Canadian people and government and is not in the interests of this country.

The evidence of his crimes is contained in the files and trial transcripts of the proceedings before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and are before the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. I would be pleased to provide you with some of this evidence if you so require.

If you have any questions of me I am pleased to assist further. I thank you for your time and consideration.

Please accept my highest regards,

Yours Sincerely,
 

Christopher C. Black

188 Olde Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4E 3C9
1-416-453-053, bar@idirect.com 

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