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Professor Accused of War Crimes Arrested:

The AP reports that Goucher College professor Leopold Munyakazi was arrested for violating the conditions of his visa. [What, you were expecting someone else?] Munyakazi is accused of participating in the Rwandan genocide, charges he denies.

Munyakazi is charged with murder and several genocide-related counts, according to a copy of an indictment provided by Munyakazi. Goucher officials said they gave Munyakazi a copy of the indictment, which they received from a Rwandan prosecutor.

Alison Des Forges, senior adviser to Human Rights Watch's Africa division, reviewed the indictment and said it contained details that do not "fit historical facts of the time." For instance, it is unlikely that Munyakazi organized a militia associated with a party that was opposed to the party he was affiliated with, Des Forges said.

Goucher suspended Munyakazi because the allegations are so serious, college President Sanford Ungar said earlier in the week, adding the removal wasn't a judgment of the professor or the charges.

JoeSixpack (mail):
It doesn't sound like Munyakazi had any more participation in the Rwandan genocide than Bill Clinton did.
2.6.2009 3:16pm
Bill McGonigle (www):
How do we grade the expediency of cooperation on an indictment from a Canadian, British, French, Spanish, Turkish, Egyptian, Rwandan, or Taliban prosecutor?
2.6.2009 3:31pm
Anderson (mail):
Academic freedom is in peril!
2.6.2009 3:54pm
Happyshooter:
Everything old is new again.
2.6.2009 4:34pm
Franklyn (mail):
Did not

....fit the historical facts of the time

Did the charges fit the historical facts of another time, maybe?
Something's rotten in the state of Denmark Rwanda. But we knew that.
2.6.2009 4:40pm
Anderson (mail):
Field research into genocide is an underappreciated realm of academic endeavor, is my takeaway from this.
2.6.2009 5:13pm
PersonFromPorlock:

Goucher suspended Munyakazi because the allegations are so serious, college President Sanford Ungar said earlier in the week, adding the removal wasn't a judgment of the professor or the charges.

Shouldn't someone now allege President Ungar's participation in the same genocide? The 'fit' of such charges with 'the historical facts of the time' is, apparently, irrelevant.
2.6.2009 5:22pm
Michael B (mail):
Bill Clinton should not be a primary target in the case of Rwanda.

Belgium had been the most recent colonialist power (Germany originally, c. WWI) and continued to have financial and other critical ties with Rwanda; the E.U. in general; Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Sec-Gen of the U.N.; the United Nations as a whole - all those actors should be subjected to legal/moral review on the basis of a conscious, premeditated unwillingness to act even though European and U.N. military units were in Rwanda at the time and members of those military units expressed their desire to actively get involved.

I.e. knowing, premeditated negligence in the face of mass murder.
2.6.2009 5:29pm
Allan L. (mail):
My heart leapt at the headline. I thought it might be Yoo.
2.6.2009 10:05pm
ChrisTS (mail):
My heart leapt at the headline. I thought it might be Yoo. That made me laugh out loud.

I do have some sympathy for Sandy Ungar; the reputation of a small college is a precious commodity. And, after all, he suspended from teaching an untenurable visiting instructor. Not exactly an assault on academic freedom.
2.7.2009 5:07pm
davod (mail):
"And, after all, he suspended from teaching an untenurable visiting instructor. Not exactly an assault on academic freedom."

What does the teachers employment status have to do with whether his suspension is an assault on academic freedom?
2.8.2009 1:28am
ChrisTS (mail):
Davod: Strictly speaking, non-tenurable faculty (adjuncts) have not been regarded as having academic freedom. They can be fired at will. This may be undesirable, and the AAUP is looking at it, but that is the tradition.

Secondly, he was supsended from teaching, not officially fired.

As a related point - not to his status - he was not suspended for expressing unpopular views; he was suspended because he was under investigation for genocidal activity. In other words, the college suspended him because he might have been a criminal. If that amounts to an assault on academic freedom, I would say academic freedom should be reconceptualized.
2.8.2009 4:56pm

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