Victoire Ingabire’s American lawyer, Peter Erlinder has been found in contempt of court by the Appeals Chamber of the ICTR for failing to respond or appear in Aloys Ntabakuze’s case.
Yes, I am talking about the man that flew into Kigali with a swagger thinking he was untouchable because he is American, and showing contempt for Rwanda’s laws against genocide denial. For that he spent time in “The Big House” looking like a Flamingo.
This time the court has imposed sanctions against Erlinder and banned him from appearing as lead counsel in Ntabakuze’s case.
Apparently the man thinks he is law all unto himself. He completely ignored summons to appear in Ntabakuze’s case, and when pressed for a reason, Erlinder claimed he does not feel safe travelling to Arusha.
Nobody bought that reason. Then Erlinder claimed he could not travel due to medical reasons. Well, which is which, before we all conclude that the man may actually have a “medical” reason ?
The court concluded that Erlinder failed to act diligently, and his actions were not in good faith, and contrary to the interests of his client.
Surprising ? Not at all. Erlinder is the man we all along thought he was. Draw your own conclusion.
Rwanda may be a small country. But one thing we are not: small minded.