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11-17 January 2015

Media Monitoring Report for Rwanda
Posted on January 22, 2016

Compiled by Berta Fürstová

1.Rusagara, Byabagamba trial: Prosecutors present evidence against Col. Byabagamba


1. Rusagara, Byabagamba trial: Prosecutors present evidence against Col. Byabagamba
Private but pro-government newspapers

 “Prosecutors present evidence against Col. Byabagamba” by Rodrigue Rwirahira. New Times, 15th January 2016

  • The Military prosecution presented before Military High Court, evidence implicating Col. Tom Byabagamba in acts of tarnishing the image of both the country and the Head of State.
  • Capt. Faustin Nzakamwita, the lead prosecutor, stated that Byabagamba, a member of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), should have committed the crimes while on his mission in South Sudan as a part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
  • According to Nzakamwita, the accused, while in service in Juba, uttered defamatory statements against the government including accusing the Government of Rwanda for the death of Patrick Karegeya, and a one Major John Sengati.
  • The accused and his two lawyers dismissed the allegations, saying they are contradictory and inconsistent.
  • Byabagamba is also accused of disrespecting the national flag, obstruction of justice and inciting public insurrection.
  • He is accused alongside Brig. Gen. Frank Rusagara (rtd) and Francois Kabayiza, a former driver of the latter.
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