Trial of Anti-Rwanda militia leader, Nsabimana postponed

By IGIHE
On 24 December 2019 at 02:21

The trial of Nsabimana Callixte who is publicly known as ’Sankara’ has been suspended due to recent investigations which identified an accomplice accused of the same crimes as Sankara.

Sankara has been indicted of crimes including plotting against Rwanda and organizing terrorist attacks in the National Park of Nyungwe. His hearing was scheduled to start on December 24th at the High Court Chamber for International Crimes located in Nyanza District, Southern Province.

The hearing has been postponed to January 17th, 2020. In a previous trial, Sankara admitted having committed all the crimes he was accused of saying that "Even birds in the trees could testify"

Among the 16 charges, he was indicted for are creating a terrorist group, complicity in terrorist acts, incitement to terrorism, spreading hate propaganda, murder, holding hostages, genocide denial, murder, conspiracy, falsification of legal documents and looting among others.

During his previous trial, as he was negotiating for release on a temporary license, Nsabimana admitted having committed all the crimes he was indicted for and asked for apologies to the Rwandan community and President Paul Kagame.

Nsabimana was the spokesperson of MRCD Ubumwe-FLN, a terrorist group operating in eastern DR Congo. The group has vented about the attacks in the Southern region of Rwanda especially in Nyaruguru and Kitabi last year when a group of assaillants attacked citizens, killing and looting them.

The trial of Nsabimana Callixte who is publicly known as 'Sankara' has been suspended due to recent investigations which identified an accomplice accused of the same crimes as Sankara.

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