Verdict for grenade suspects set for Jan

The High Court in Kigali, yesterday, set January 13, next year as the day it will pronounce itself on the case involving 30 people accused of orchestrating series of grenade attacks in the country. The case resumed on Monday with the prosecution maintaining that the accused either executed terror acts or acknowledged awareness of the attacks but never reported to authorities.
Grenade suspects entering court yesterday. The New Times / Timothy Kisambira.
Grenade suspects entering court yesterday. The New Times / Timothy Kisambira.

The High Court in Kigali, yesterday, set January 13, next year as the day it will pronounce itself on the case involving 30 people accused of orchestrating series of grenade attacks in the country.

The case resumed on Monday with the prosecution maintaining that the accused either executed terror acts or acknowledged awareness of the attacks but never reported to authorities.

Prosecution accuses the suspects of supporting a terrorist network, recruiting for and belonging to a terrorist group, planning and executing activities aimed at causing state insecurity and mass murder among other cases.

Court heard that the planners of the attacks were based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and had close links with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) a terrorist group.

The biggest number the defendants pleaded guilty to the charges while others have denied involvement with some insisting that they carried out the subversive activities as soldiers fighting the government, and not as terrorists.

One of them, Theophile Munyaneza, denied the charge of operating in a terrorist group and said that FDLR has never been listed anywhere as a terrorist group.

Prosecuting attorney Bonaventure Ruberwa, after presenting his charge sheet early this week, asked court to hand the defendants sentences ranging from five years to life in jail.

charles.kwizera@newtimes.co.rw

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