DOES THIS GUY GOT TO GO? YES, ABSOLUTELY…BUT WHAT REALLY AMAZES ME IN THIS, IS HOW BLIND THE WORLD HAS BEEN TO WHO BENEFITTED THE MOST FROM THIS GENOCIDE..WHAT BETTER WAY THAN TO PIT TWO GROUPS AGAINST EACH OTHER OVER ETHNICS AND CLASS AND HAVE THEM DESTROY EACH OTHER. AND SIT BACK AND WAIT TO TAKE CHARGE…NOW THAT ISLAM IS IN CONTROL, IT ISN’T HARD TO SEE WHY THERE TAKING CHARGE EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE AREA…
Mugesera loses final deportation fight
Posted: Jan 23, 2012 7:16 AM ET
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2012 3:30 PM ET
Léon Mugesera, the Quebec City resident accused of genocide in Rwanda, has lost his final bid to avoid deportation to his homeland and has been taken to an airport in Montreal – scheduled to fly out of Canada at 4 p.m. ET.
In a hearing on Monday afternoon, the Federal Court dismissed a motion for a stay of deportation.
Mugesera did not show up for a detention hearing Monday afternoon at the Immigration and Refugee Board hours after having lost an attempt earlier in the day to remain in Canada. The IRB then said he had been taken back to the immigration detention centre in Laval, Que., to prepare for his departure from the country.
Monday morning, a Quebec Superior Court judge rejected the Rwandan man’s bid to avoid deportation while the United Nations committee on torture examines the risks Mugesera would face if he’s returned to the East African nation.
A long court battle
Mugesera has been battling to stay in Canada since he was first ordered out of the country 16 years ago. He had been living in Quebec City before his recent transfer to the Laval immigration detention centre near Montreal after being deemed a flight risk.
Mugesera had seemingly exhausted his appeals less than two weeks ago and was on the verge of being deported.
But Ottawa’s deportation attempt was stalled when Mugesera was hospitalized and his lawyers appealed to the UN committee.
Mugesera’s lawyers argued in Quebec Superior Court last week that he should be allowed to remain in Canada while the UN body investigates his allegations he’d be harmed if returned to Rwanda.
His lawyers wanted the court to grant a permanent injunction on Mugesera’s impending deportation, and argued with federal lawyers over whether a UN treaty has any bearing on domestic laws.
Lawyers for the federal government insisted Quebec Superior Court has no jurisdiction over an immigration matter and questions of torture had been exhaustively considered by the government.
Federal lawyers also argued last week that the UN committee’s request is not binding and that Canadian officials have spent six years evaluating the risk of torture before ultimately deciding to return Mugesera to Rwanda in late 2011.
The federal government said it is not bound by UN treaties, even if the country ratified them, if they aren’t incorporated into domestic laws.
20 years later
Mugesera is wanted in Rwanda on charges of inciting genocide and crimes against humanity stemming from an inflammatory anti-Tutsi speech he gave in 1992.
The speech by the university professor and one-time Rwandan political operative was considered a key propaganda tool during a 100-day massacre of Tutsis and Hutu moderates some two years later. Between 800,000 and one million Rwandans died during the three-month slaughter in 1994.
Mugesera was initially ordered deported in July 1996. That triggered a legal battle that took him all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada where he ultimately lost in 2005.
Federal officials have been unwilling to deport him since because he faced death.
But they say they’ve been reassured by Rwandan officials and added the situation has changed in that country since Rwanda abolished the death penalty for convicted war criminals in 2007.
Mugesera, 59, and his supporters say it will be impossible for him to have a fair trial in Rwanda where he is considered an enemy of the current government.