On September 23rd, 2019, Nyarugenge High Court was provisionally released Dr. Francis Habumugisha, the proprietor of Goodrich TV channel after being accused of assaulting Kamali Diane on July 15th.
While his case was being processed in court, the prosecution applied for a remand to allow for thorough investigations.
However, a few days after he was placed in detention, the court provisionally released him because after analysis his alibi was plausible and the witnesses he provided, were trustworthy individuals.
After he was acquitted, the prosecution filed the same charges for a second time because they were not satisfied with the final verdict.
They demanded that he should be placed under detention again. However, the decision has not yet been applied since Habumugisha fled the country.
On Thursday, December 5th, 2019, through his twitter account, Dr. Francis Habumugisha posted a picture of himself showing he was at an airport in France.
— Dr.Francis HABUMUGISHA Goodrich (@DrHabumugisha) December 5, 2019
News that Dr. Habumugisha assaulted Kamali in public were publicized on September 5th, 2019 when Kamali posted a video depicting the assault.
Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) apprehended him on September 6th, 2019 while his case was being investigated and waiting for trial for assault charges.
The following day, his dossier was submitted to the prosecution.
Article 121 in the Rwandan Constitution states that anyone who is found guilty of assault, inflicting injuries or beating another person should be prosecuted.
Punishments include imprisonment between 3 and 5 years and a penalty between Rwf 500,00 and Rwf 1,000,000.
When the assault is done on a child, mother or any vulnerable person, the punishment is imprisonment between 5 and 8 years and a penalty of Rwf 1-2 million.