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Rwanda: Two Journalists case postponed

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Sam Rugege-Chief Justice

The ruling of the case against two Rwanda female journalists accused by the state of publishing information to ignite public disorder and creating ethnic divisions was on Tuesday postponed to February 17.

The Barrister John Jones, a British lawyer representing the convicts say high court made errors to sentence the duo 7, and 17 years respectively was a hush decision. “Prosecution needs to prove beyond doubt that the journalists’ motive in publishing the article…if not the two should be released immediately. Jones also believes that the country’s anti-Genocide laws are ambiguous.

The state Prosecution led by Richard Muhumuza and Jean Damascene maintained before the Supreme Court that the two journalists through their publication deliberately wanted to turn citizens against the government, denied the genocide and divided people along ethnic lines

As Chief Justice Rugege urged the appellants and the defence to desist from straying from basis upon which the High Court reached the decision and keep within the confines of the law, Uwimana and Mukakibibi insist that they were wrongly sentenced by the High Court because their publications were within the confines of the law and hard no motive to pit the people against their government.

He warned that the court will not override the laws in order ‘to stay in good books’ with the international community.


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