State Department Suggests Immunity for Unofficial Acts

For the first time in history a foreign president’s civil immunity in U.S. courts to exceed that of U.S. Presidents

Plaintiffs’ Objections to Suggestion of Immunity

US Department of State Suggestion of immunity

St. Paul, MN —  Sept 12 —  For the first time in history, the U.S. State Department has requested civil immunity for a foreign head of state in U.S. courts, beyond the immunity that U.S. Presidents can claim after Clinton v. Jones limited U.S. Presidential immunity to wrongful acts committed while head of state only.  The State Department has claimed immunity for Rwanda President Paul Kagame’s alleged wrongful acts before he was in government, an immunity which Bill Clinton could not claim from Paula Jones’ lawsuits when he was President of the United States when she alleged wrongful acts committed while he was Governor of Arkansas.

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Former U. S. Attorney General: Sanctions against Erlinder are simply wrong

ARUSHA, TZ — The ICTR Appeal Chamber received a Motion for Reconsideration and for Leave to Withdraw filed by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark on behalf of former Ntabakuze Lead Defense Counsel, Prof. Peter Erlinder, Director of the International Humanitarian Law Institute [IHLI], St. Paul, MN. www.ihli.org.  Read the rest of this entry »

Who’s Denying Genocide? 2010 UN RPF-Genocide Report; UN Prosecutor Del Ponte’s Expose’ of RPF-Crimes; and, Spanish Genocide Indictment of Kagame/RPF Tell Real Story

St. Paul, MN- May 2, 2011- In a May 2nd statement [AP], Rwandan Prosecutor Martin Ngoga renewed the false “genocide denial” thought-crime charges against IHLI Director Prof. Peter Erlinder for US-authored academic writings, based on evidence and documents in the record at the UN Tribunal for Rwanda.  Read the rest of this entry »

Attorney Sanctioned Despite Medical Symptoms From Rwanda Detention: Consistent with ICTR Cover-up of RPF Crimes

Ntabakuze’s Lead Counsel, Prof. Peter Erlinder, was sanctioned by the Chamber of April 21 after it had received: (1) medical verification that, after March 15, Erlinder was experiencing acute medical symptoms related to his detention in Rwanda preventing his travel to Arusha; (2)Erlinder’s request to complete the 4-hour hearing by video or at the Hague, as is common at the ICTR ; or,to permit Co-counsel, who had been ill, to argue in Arusha in June. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome

Due process (procedural fairness) and Equality Before the Law are foundational concepts to which all civilized legal systems aspire. Yet most advanced nation-states adhere only imperfectly to these essential principles, even after thousands of years of experience. International Criminal law, though built upon the experience of these nation-states, is a new concept. Unlike domestic legal systems, it does not arise in an international order where “all nations are created equal.” Read the rest of this entry »