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FDRL fighter gets 15years in jail for killing tourists in Uganda

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By GLV correspondent
Kampala- the court sitting at Buganda road have sentence Jean Paul Bizimana an FDLR fighter to 15 years in jail for taking part in killing of tourists who were visiting to track Gorillas in Bwindi forest Mach 1, 1999.
The tourists, Robert Haubner, Susan Miller, Mark Lindergren, Michelle Strather, Rhoda Avis, Stephen Robert and Joanne Cotton were from the US, the UK and New Zealand.

At the court, Bizimana made an extra judicial statement before Deo Nzeyimana, the Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate. An extra judicial statement is made by an accused person out of their own free will, admitting to having taken part in an offence.
However, Bizimana who handed himself to Uganda security saying he was uncomfortable living a life in the forest as a fighter, he admitted to take part in the initial plan but denied his involvement in the killing personal
Defence lawyer Norris Maranga argued that simply being part of the gang that attacked and killed the tourists did not mean that Bizimana carried out the killings personally.

He said prosecution failed to prove that Bizimana had participated in the murder, adding that once there is doubt in the prosecution case, court must rule in favour of the accused.
Maranga argued that there was no prosecution witness who identified Bizimana at the scene of crime.
However, High Court judge, John Bosco Katutsi sentenced Bizimana to 15 years in jail.
The court did what it was supposed to do when the judge sent Bizimana to jail the convict to grant justice to the deceased.
Bizimana handed himself following the pressure of UPDF and America as his companions were taken to America by US forces to face justice in secret since its against the constitution of Rwanda to extradite Rwanda national to face justice in the foreign country.
Its wasn’t clear at the press time, if Bizimana lawyer will have to take advantage of 30days prescribed in the law of Uganda to appeal.

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