Court extends Rugigana’s detention

KIGALI - The Military High Court (MHC), Friday ruled that the provisional detention of Lt. Col. Ngabo Rugigana be extended by another 30 days.Military prosecutors say they are still adducing evidence before the trial can start in substance. The former head of the Engineering Regiment in the Rwanda Defence Forces, is accused of threatening national security.
 Lt Col Rugigana Ngabo
Lt Col Rugigana Ngabo

KIGALI - The Military High Court (MHC), Friday ruled that the provisional detention of Lt. Col. Ngabo Rugigana be extended by another 30 days.

Military prosecutors say they are still adducing evidence before the trial can start in substance. The former head of the Engineering Regiment in the Rwanda Defence Forces, is accused of threatening national security.

In the past, the court has repeatedly ruled that the provisional detention of Rugigana be extended as prosecutors say that if released, he could escape or jeopardise investigations.

His dissident brother, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, was convicted and sentenced to 24 years in prison, last year, for forming a terrorist group, threatening state security, undermining public order, promoting ethnic divisions and insulting the person of the President.

Prosecutors said Kayumba used Rugigana to rally demobilised soldiers as well as civilians with the aim of forming a subversive militia group.

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