Callixte Nsabimana Back to Court, Hearing in Substance Due Next Month

Callixte Nsabimana(Left) in court May this year talks to his lawyer

The case of Callixte Nsabimana has been transferred to High Court Chamber for International and Cross-Border Crimes located in Nyanza district and will start in substance next week.

Nsabimana is accused of 16 criminal counts which include forming an armed terror group operating in neighboring countries, plot to overthrow the present government, terrorism and murder of civilians.

Other crimes accused by Nsabimana include abduction of civilians in the southern province of Rwanda last year, genocide denial, among others.

Faustin Nkusi, Spokesman of the National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) told KT Press that, “this chamber is competent to try Nsabimana’s cases.”

“Gasabo primary court tried matters of preventive detention. But the chamber is competent to try the case in substance.”

Nsabimana will appear before High Court Chamber for International and Cross-Border chamber on December 24, 2019.

In the previous hearing at Gasabo primary court, Nsabimana pleaded guilty of all the 16 crimes and asked to be bailed. But judges remanded him on suspicion of escaping and joining the group and allies where he came from.

Meanwhile, other cases that were sent to the same chamber includes the one of Nkaka Ignace alias La Forge Fils Bazeye, former spokesperson of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) militia and co-accused Lt. Col Nsekanabo Jean Pierre Alias Abega, former intelligence of the same group on suspicion of terrorism.

Abega and Bazeye were arrested at Bunagana border in December 2018, allegedly returning from Uganda to attend a meeting held between15-16 December bringing together representatives of RNC belonging to Kayumba Nyamwasa and FDLR.

The duo are accused of treason and inciting the public to engage into terrorism, developing relationships with a foreign country intending to provoke a war.

These suspects are also accused of propagating messages abroad with the intention to incite the public against the government of Rwanda and forming an illegal military group.




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