Rwanda's take on the Conrad Murray trial [Journey to Rwanda]
Sue Horton, Op-Ed and Sunday Opinion editor of The Times, is in Rwanda on a two-week Gatekeeper Editor fact-finding trip organized by the International Reporting Project. She is chronicling her trip on the Opinion L.A. blog.
Wednesday, Nov. 9: Rwanda has weighed in on the Conrad Murray trial, and the wrong man has been convicted.
Sunny Ntayombya, a columnist for the New Times ("Rwanda's First Daily"), believes that "Michael Jackson did not die of cardiac arrest caused by an overdose of Propofol" but rather at the hands of his family and hangers-on who drained his financial resources.
"I was over here in Kigali," Ntayombya writes, "and even I knew that things were getting tight over at the Jackson household."
"Why," he asks, "was Michael, at a ripe old age of 50, attempting to hold a series of backbreaking concerts that everyone thought could possibly kill him? Because he needed the money, simple as that."
Ntayombya doesn't absolve Murray, saying the doctor violated his Hippocratic Oath in administering the drugs. But, he concludes, "I'm displeased that only two ... suffered the consequences, Dr. Conrad Murray. And of course, Michael Joseph Jackson."
Photo: Dr. Conrad Murray reacts after the jury returned with a guilty verdict in his involuntary manslaughter trial Monday in a Los Angeles courtroom. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / Pool