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Further information on UA 264/91 (AFR 47/11/91, 31 July and follow-up AFR 47/12/91, 18 October) - Rwanda: fear of torture / legal concern: Jean- Baptiste Gacukiro (noted corrected name, previously given as Gakuru)

, N° d'index: AFR 47/017/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 47/17/91
Distr: UA/SC
17 December 1991
Further information on UA 264/91 (AFR 47/11/91, 31 July 1991) and follow-up
AFR 47/12/91, 18 October 1991 - Fear of Torture/Legal Concern
RWANDA:Jean-Baptiste GACUKIRO (note that his surname is not GAKURU as
erroneously stated in previous urgent action and follow-up
Jean-Baptiste Gacukiro, aged 40, a businessman in the northwestern town of
Gisenyi, was arrested on 3 April 1991 by members of the Rwandese security forces
and was reported to be held at a military camp in the capital, Kigali. He had
been arrested earlier, on 21 February 1991, and had been released on 29 March
1991 without being charged or being able to ascertain the reasons for his arrest.
Amnesty International was concerned that he was being held incommunicado in
circumstances where he might be subjected to torture.
Responding to inquiries about Jean-Baptiste Gacukiro, the Rwandese Minister
in the President's Office in charge of Defence and Security, Colonel Augustin
Ndindiliyimana said in September 1991 that Jean-Baptiste Gacukiro had left
Gisenyi to live in Kigali, and there had been no trace of him since.
In a recent response to further appeals about Jean-Baptiste Gacukiro the same
Minister said the following:
"Les services concernés sont arrivés à découvrir qu'une personne
répondant à ce nom porte aussi un autre de GACUKIRO Jean Baptiste.
Cette dernière se trouve actuellement entre les mains de la Justice
dans la Prison de Kigali"
(The services concerned have been able to discover that a person called by
this name is also known as GACUKIRO Jean Baptiste. He is at present in the
hands of the judiciary in Kigali prison).
This information has been verified with an independent source. However, the
Minister did not indicate whether Jean-Baptiste Gacukiro has been formally
charged with any specific offence and whether or when he may be brought to
trial. Amnesty International is still concerned that Jean-Baptiste Gacukiro
was held incommunicado in military custody for several months and that after
several months he does not appear to have been charged with any offence.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters in
FRENCH, if possible:
- thanking the Minister for the information and expressing concern that
Jean-Baptiste Gacukiro was held incommunicado in military custody without being
able to challenge the legal basis for his detention;
- expressing concern that his detention in military custody appears to have
been unlawful and urging that members of the security forces responsible for
the detention be brought to justice;
- inquiring whether he has been allowed to receive visits by his relatives
and access to legal counsel of his choice;
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- asking whether he has been charged with any specific offence and, if so,
which; and asking whether he has been allowed to challenge the legal basis
for his detention;
- urging the authorities to release him without undue delay or, if he has been
charged with a recognizably criminal offence, to ensure that he is promptly
given a fair trial.
APPEALS TO:
1) Prime Minister and Minister of
Justice:
Monsieur Sylvestre NZANZIMANA
Premier Ministre et Ministre de la
Justice
Minstère de la Justice
BP 160, Kigali, République rwandaise
Telegrams: Ministre Justice, Kigali,
Rwanda
Telexes: 22502
Faxes: + 250 74583
Salutation: Monsieur le Premier
Ministre / Dear Prime Minister
2) Minister of Defence and Security:
Le Colonel Augustin NDINDILIYIMANA
Ministre à la Présidence pour
la Défense et la Sécurité
BP 15, Kigali, République rwandaise
Telegrams: Ministre Defense et
Securite, Kigali, Rwanda
Telexes: 22517
Faxes: + 250 74583
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre /
Dear Minister
COPIES TO AT LEAST TWO OF THE FOLLOWING:
Monsieur le Docteur Casimir
BIZIMUNGU
Ministre des Affaires étrangères
et de la coopération
Ministère des Affaires étrangères
BP 179, Kigali, République Rwandaise
Faxes: +250 72902 or +250 72904
Monsieur Donat HAKIZIMANA
Secrétaire général
Service central de renseignements
(SCR)
BP 125, Kigali, République rwandaise
(National security service)
and the following newspapers:
- Monsieur le Rédacteur-en-Chef, Kinyamateka, BP 761, Kigali, République
rwandaise
- Monsieur le Rédacteur-en-Chef, La Relève, Office rwandaise d'information,
BP 83, Kigali, République rwandaise
- Monsieur le Rédacteur-en-Chef, Isibo, Bureau central, BP 2258, Kigali,
République rwandaise
- Monsieur le Rédacteur-en-Chef, Le Tribun du Peuple, BP 2314, Kigali,
République rwandaise
and to diplomatic representatives of Rwanda in your country
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 28 January 1992.

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