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contribution 21 - Haguma Jean

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The witness and the evidence - Witnesses protection vs Public debate


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Yes, briefly, I am not against witness protection, but I just wanted to underscore a disadvantage to witness protection on the ground. I am a lawyer based in Kigali. The fact that one is protected on one’s heel, the witness’s name is not known, his trial is not known, and this is an incentive for the witness to make a false testimony. This is important because there is a lot of false testimony because people know that there will be no consequences. People would not even know what he testified to.

Now, maybe I will end by saying that I do not agree with my friend about what he said about the Gacaca, but we are not here to talk about Gacaca. We will find some other opportunity.


Well, I don’t think it is completely out of the discussion. But, last speaker before the coffee break.