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CG (Rtd) Emmanuel Gasana granted temporary permission to leave prison

By IGIHE
On 22 December 2023 at 08:40

The Rwanda Correctional Service (RCS) has granted temporary release to CG (Rtd) Emmanuel Gasana, former Governor of the Eastern Province, allowing him to attend his son’s wedding.

Recent social media speculation suggested that Gasana might have received a presidential pardon, potentially exempting him from further court proceedings during his 30-day remand.

However, IGIHE has learned that Gasana was not pardoned but was granted temporary permission to leave prison, with the obligation to return afterward.

Gasana is not the only individual to have received such permission, as another inmate was recently granted a similar opportunity to bury relatives who fell victim to gang violence.

This authorization aligns with Article 27 of the Law governing correctional services, which allows inmates to leave detention under specific circumstances. These circumstances include appearing before the court or responding to summonses from relevant authorities.

The article concludes by stating that inmates may be given permission to leave prison when the prison’s management determines that it cannot interfere with the legal process.

Gasana currently faces two charges: soliciting and receiving bribes for services within his responsibilities and abusing his power for personal gain. He is currently serving a 30-day remand at Mageragere prison.


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