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Breaking News: Rwanda journalist Nsengumuremyi remanded for 30 days

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By Robert Mugabe
Kigali- Nyamirambo Court of Higher Instance in Kigali today
remanded to prison for 30 days the Managing Editor and owner of the
bi-monthly Ingenzi Newspaper Ephrem Nsengumuremyi.

The journalist was arrested on 16th May 2011 for allegedly extorting
money from a public servant so as not to publish a negative story
about the unnamed official. The charges also include defamatory

The journalist’s lawyer Muhawenayo Casmir told The Great Lakes Voice,
that they were going to appeal the court’s decision.

Me. Muhawenayo said, he saw no substantive reason why bail was denied, “We are not happy with decision of the judge and the decision can only be removed
by another judge the reason we are appealing”.

The Executive Secretary of the Media High Council Patrice Mulama
reacting to the remand said while he respected the court’s decision,
he personally saw no reason why Nsengumuremyi was not granted bail.

“I don’t think he would have tampered with investigations if out of
detention,” Mulama told GLV.

Mulama added that the media fraternity should use the case to examine
whether issues to do with corruption were a challenge to
professionalism in the sector.

Nsengumuremyi was not in court for the pre-trial hearing but his
lawyer said that he is in good health and receiving visits from his

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