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Germany can’t run forever - Rukoro

by Rosalia David

Adv. Vekuii Rukoro has said that the German government is trying to avoid the charges lodged against it for the Ovaherero and Nama genocide during the colonial-era.

This case was filed by members of the Association of the Ovaherero Genocide in a New York court,  where Germany has failed to appear again.

During a press briefing today, Rukoro said that Germany is avoiding its day in court because it will be found guilty for the crimes.

He said that Germany will be exposed to the world as killers and will be slapped with a heavy monetary bill if court proceedings take course next year.

When the group went to court last week they were informed that Germany had not received the legal documents because the State Department which is responsible for that function is experiencing a staff shortage which led to the delay.

During the first serving of documents in Washington, Germany changed the submission procedures, and demanded for them to be served through the diplomatic service.

Rukoro said, “This diplomatic service is very cumbersome and a very costly process because it requires that you get the service of another sovereign country to whom you must give these court documents and through the foreign affairs department of that country must give these documents to their embassy in Berlin.”

“We asked the court to give the German government an even longer rope to hang itself by postponing the case for another three months during which we are confident the legal papers will be served to Germany properly. That’s why the judge granted our request and postponed the case to the 25th of January next year,” Rukoro said.

“We have been waiting for more than a 100 years to square off with Germany either in court or on battlefield. As peaceful people we prefer the court room”

“You may ask, why is it that Germany has been running away all this time? Germany has no choice but to try and stay way from the American court for the reason that Germany has no legitimate and proper defence to our case,” Rukoro said.