He was found guilty of crimes against some Miss Rwanda contestants.
As he read the verdict on Friday 13th October 2023, the presiding judge emphasized that the High Court considered testimonies from victims and witnesses before the Investigation and Prosecution bodies, rather than relying on notarized letters and courtroom testimonies where the victims denied abuse.
This approach aligned with relevant legal provisions and prior case verdicts. The prosecution had initially sought a 16-year sentence, but a shorter sentence was given as it was the defendant’s first offense.
It’s unclear if an appeal is permitted. In 2022, the Nyarugenge Intermediate court acquitted Ishimwe due to insufficient evidence, prompting a prosecution appeal based on the disregard of crucial evidence. Ishimwe had pleaded not guilty from the beginning.