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MP Ashinzwuwera in custody after battering 12-year-old brother

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KIGALIPolice have arrested a Member of Parliament,  Alexandre Ashinzwuwera, for allegedly beating up his 12 year old brother.

“The neighbor alerted us, complaining that the lawmaker had seriously battered the boy into a coma,” police spokesman, Theos Badege told Great Lakes Voice.

According the police, upon getting the information about the assault, the boy was rushed to hospital while the Police presented evidence so that the Prosecutor could request the lifting of Ashinzwuwera’s parliamentary immunity.

“We arrested him immediately after his immunity was lifted, and now he’s in the custody of the prosecution at Kicukiro police station,” Badege said in the telephone interview.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament in Charge of administrative affairs, Dr. Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo, confirmed to the New Times that the parliament lifted Ashinzwuwera’s immunity.

“We received a letter from the prosecution detailing reasons why they wanted his immunity to be lifted; and the parliament voted in favour of the proposal,” said Ntawukuriryayo.

According to the law, an MP can only be investigated or arrested after his or her immunity is lifted.

Ntawukuriryayo, however, added that there was little chance of Ashinzwuwera returning to parliament.

“If he is found guilty, he will automatically lose his seat,” he said.

The 12-year old brother has been discharged from Kacyiru based police hospital, and according to Supt.Badege the boy will “probably join the school tomorrow.”

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