Everybody should have his day in court

Editor, I wish to react on the story that appeared in The New Times, December, 2, concerning two Ugandans released by our police and handed over to Ugandan authorities. When the suspects, Simpson Mpirirwe and Didas Ndamiye were arrested on September 24, after involvement in criminal activity on Rwandan territory, their relatives demanded that authorities in Kigali release them immediately.

Editor,

I wish to react on the story that appeared in The New Times, December, 2, concerning two Ugandans released by our police and handed over to Ugandan authorities.

When the suspects, Simpson Mpirirwe and Didas Ndamiye were arrested on September 24, after involvement in criminal activity on Rwandan territory, their relatives demanded that authorities in Kigali release them immediately.

Family members and friends went even an extra mile and staged a demonstration in the town of Kabale, demanding their release. Never mind that the duo had been accused of involvement in criminal activities.

Other reports even suggested that the suspects could actually have died in jail. I know our country follows the rule of law and suspects cannot be tortured. I think it’s very important that we always resort to the rule of law every time we have a dispute.

Demonstration or family pressure will never make our country bend the rules. What people should know is that nobody is above the law and once a person is suspected to have committed a crime, law should be given chance to take its own course.

Deo Tusiime
Kayonza

 

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