Bamporiki appeared before the court in the morning of Friday 16th September 2022.
The former state minister who could not be seen by journalists upon arrival at the court’s premises, exited the courtroom through the exit door normally designated for judges.
He appeared before the court wearing glasses, a blue trouser, suit and white shirt without a defence lawyer.
As the hearing began, Bamporiki told judges that he was not ready for the court’s session without his defence lawyer who was attending elections of Rwanda Bar Association (RBA) taking place on the same day.
The court accepted his request and adjourned the hearing to 21st September 2022 at 8:00 a.m.
Bamporiki was suspended from his duties in May this year owing to matters of accountability that were under investigation and placed under house arrest.
Following his suspension, Bamporiki posted a message on his Twitter handle admitting that he received a bribe and apologized to the President of the Republic.
Article 4 of the law N° 54/2018 of 13/08/2018 on fighting against corruption states that any person who offers, solicits, accepts or receives, by any means, an illegal benefit for himself/ herself or another person or accepts a promise in order to render or omit a service under his or her mandate or uses his or her position to render or omit a service, commits an offence.
Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of more than five (5) years but not more than seven (7) years with a fine of three (3) to five (5) times the value of the illegal benefit offered, solicited or received.