Rwandan gets 9-yr jail sentence
27 July 2012, 12:55
Kigali - A Rwandan military court jailed a brother
of an exiled former army chief to 9 years in prison for threatening
state security, the defence ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
Wednesday, the military high court found Lieutenant-Colonel Rugigana
Ngabo guilty and "sentenced him to nine years following accusations of
threatening state security", the ministry said.
The court found
him guilty of "rallying demobilised soldiers against the government,
propagating rumours against the government, and inciting the population
to subversive activities", the ministry said.
Both Rugigana Ngabo and the prosecution will appeal, the statement said.
in August 2010, Rugigana Ngabo is a brother of former Rwandan army
chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, in exile in South Africa, and sentenced
in absentia in early 2011 to 24 years in prison for threatening state
In June 2010 Kayumba Nyamwasa escaped an assassination
attempt, which he said was orchestrated by the government of his former
comrade-in-arms, Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
The Rwandan government has always ruled out any involvement.
The court hearing over the assassination attempt is currently ongoing in South Africa.