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Kizito Mihigo Makes U-turn On Appeal For Prison Sentence

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Kizito Mihigo Makes U-turn On Appeal For Prison Sentence

Kizito Mihigo will continue serving 10 years in prison after he reconsidered his decision to appeal against this sentence.

In 2015, the High Court sentenced song composer Kizito Mihigo to 10 years in jail for crimes ranging from conspiracy to murder and formation of a criminal gang.

Mihigo was convicted alongside Amazing Grace radio journalist Cassien Ntamuhanga, who was handed 25 years, and retired soldier Jean Paul Dukuzumuremyi, who got 30 years. The trio appealed their sentences.

Court later heard that Ntamuhanga’s appeal wbecamee invalid since he escaped jail, and that the trial would go on without him.

However, when Kizito Mihigo and Jean Paul Dukuzumuremyi arrived in court today, the judge immediately said that Kizito had written to the court saying he had reconsidered the appeal. The Judge told Kizito to return to prison and continue serving his sentence as earlier committed.

Mihigo’s sentence resulted from serious crimes including; being involved in activities aimed at destabilising state security and that he was working with the Rwanda National
Congress (RNC), an exiled opposition group, as well as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a Rwandan rebel outfit in DR Congo.

Dukuzumuremyi, a former soldier, was sentenced is mainly stemmed from recidivism (habitual relapse into crime) considering that he had previously been charged with similar crimes while still in the military.

Accordingly, Ntamuhanga is guilty of formation of a criminal gang, conspiracy against the established government or the President of the Republic and complicity in a terrorist act but not guilty on the crime of conspiracy to murder.

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