Turahirwa also admitted to being found in possession of cannabis at the time of his arrest, but claimed that it was found in a shirt he hadn’t worn in a long time. He was arrested in April 2023 on charges of drug abuse and forgery.
Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) had confirmed that Turahirwa tested positive for cannabis, which is illegal in Rwanda, following a photo he shared on social media showing a passport labeling him as a feminine person.
Turahirwa claimed that consumption of marijuana is not illegal in Italy, but this defense is not valid in Rwanda.
As for forgery charges, Turahirwa said that the altered copy of the passport he shared was done for "artistic" purposes during the filming of his project "Kwanda Season I."
He claimed that the copy he shared did not have a passport number and that he never attempted to use it.
Turahirwa apologized for any confusion he caused, stating that he deleted the altered passport when he realized it could be misinterpreted.
He also claimed that removing the passport number and deleting the photo should not be sufficient evidence to incriminate him.