Breaking: Rwanda Supreme Court reduces journalists’ sentences

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By Robert Mugabe

Saidat Mukakibibi and Agnes Nkusi Uwimana


Kigali, RWANDA-Rwandan two journalists who were sentenced by high court 17 and 07 years for Agnes Uwimana Nkusi and Saidat Mukakibibi respectively, today the Supreme Court presided over by Rwanda Chief Justice has reduced their sentence to four and three.

Agnes Nkusi Uwimana has been sentenced four years in jail for causing public disorder and defamation. For the offence of causing public disorder, Justice Sam Rugege handed her three years and one year sentence for defamation. All sentence summing up to four years.

On the offences of spreading Genocide dogma and divisionism, the Supreme Court pronounced her clean since the court did not see the intention to commit those offences.

”Considering the article 166 of Rwanda penal code, prescribing the offence of causing disorder, Uwimana is here by sentenced to three year and the offence of defamation priscribed in the article 391 of Rwanda’s penal code, the accused is sentenced to one year in jail” Chief justice Sam Rugege said.

For the Saidat Mukakibibi who was earlier sentenced to seven years in jail, now the Supreme Court reduced it to three years only.

Saidat is only convicted to cause public disorder where the Supreme Court handed her to three years only.”At least now it makes sense” Mukakibibi told Great Lakes Voice

Speaking to journalists after the sentence, lawyer Evariste Nsabayezu welcomed the sentence.

Mukakibibi has been sentenced to three years after Supreme Court found her guilty of causing public disorder banished by article 166 of penal code of Rwanda, according to Justice Sam Rugege.

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