John Peter Rwema, who was the Executive Director of the Association of Microfinance Institutions in Rwanda (AMIR), has been sentenced to five years in prison after court found him guilty of raping a 28year old woman.
Rwema was arrested on October 17, last year, accused of raping the girl they had met in Golf Eden Hotel in Karongi District where they had gone for a training organized by AMIR.
As judges read the court’s decisions, few people including the family members of the accused were present in the courtroom of Karongi Intermediate Court, located in the District where the crime was committed as Umuseke earlier reported.
During the proceedings, the defendant denied the charges telling the court that he had sex with the victim willingly.
The prosecution had requested a six-year sentence for Rwema with a fine of Rwf40 million for having caused the moral and body wounds to the victim, wounds and for court case costs.
Rape of a person aged 18 years or above attracts a term of imprisonment between five and seven years, according to article 197 of the penal code.