Assault suspect Dr. Habumugisha released on bail

On 24 September 2019 at 01:42

Nyarugenge intermediary court yesterday released on bail Francis Habumugisha, the proprietor of Goodrich TV, after over two weeks in custody over alleged assault case.

Habumugisha is accused of assaulting a female employee, Diane Kamali on 15th July 2019 during a meeting at the office of Goodrich TV.

During the hearing on bail application recently, the prosecution requested for his remand lest the suspect tampers with investigations.

The court ruled his release on bail yesterday citing that two months when at large after the alleged assault he did not tamper with investigations.

The court accepted the two people that Habumugisha had presented as his sureties. Some of his properties were held as a guarantee while he is on bail.

Dr. Habumugisha was obliged to report to prosecution every Monday and was restrained from attending any meeting.
The presiding judge also restrained him from making any interviews with the media, or any video explanation while he is out.

He ruled Dr. Habumugisha must present original documents of the land presented as a guarantee within a few days.

The suspect and his defense lawyers were not present during the ruling while the prosecution was represented.

While delivering the ruling, the presiding judge said that the charges that Habumugisha is facing have a maximum penalty of five years in jail in case of a conviction.
In such a case, the judge said the law makes provision for the defendant to be given bail if he fulfills other requirements.

During the previous hearing on 13th September 2019, Habumugisha denied charges against him hence applying for bail.

Lawyer Idahemuka Tharcisse defending Dr. Habumugisha said that no evidence has been adduced pinning his client to have assaulted Diane and that he should be released.

The businessman was arrested earlier this month and appeared in court days after where prosecutors charged him with slapping Diane Kamali destroying her property (a mobile phone), as well as verbally insulting her in public during a staff meeting on July 5.

His arrest followed a video that Kamali tweeted in which Habumugisha appeared to be slapping her and tagged President Paul Kagame who later promised a follow-up.

Nyarugenge intermediary court released on bail Francis Habumugisha, after over two weeks in custody over alleged assault case.