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Rebel Leader Sankara Smiles To Media Ready For Court Battle

Looking much hydrated with a perfect skin complexion, Sankara, the Spokesman of an armed group, captured weeks ago, was on Friday Morning paraded before both local and international media, bringing an end to speculations of whether Rwanda really had him.

The Rwandan Investigations Bureau said on April 30, that it was still holding Nsabimana Callixte known by his bush name, Sankara, pending processing his case file.

Sankara, one of the leader of the so called National Forces for Liberation(FLN), is at the rank of Major within his banditry outfit which seeks to overthrow the current regime.

However, Sankara has spent more than 72 hours in detention which is required by law for any suspect to be brought before the court.

During his hearing, Sankara’s lawyer Nkundabarashe Moise, also a former classmate at the University of Rwanda, is expected to argue against this technicality but prosecution may also field a very interesting counter argument.

Criminal law experts say Sankara’s case may put to test the Code of Criminal Procedure.

But since he is not a minor, Article 198 in the penal code doesn’t not protect him.

According to Code of Criminal Procedure, Sankara’s offences which place the lives and security of Rwandans and government in danger, the argument against the grounds of detention period may not convince the judges in case he files a request to always appear in court from home.

The following days will be very interesting if at all Sankara chooses to speak while engaging the judges.

Justice Minister Busingye Johnston had earlier warned that those seeking to violently attack the unity and progress Rwandans are so painstakingly building, advance any agenda by killing and maiming innocent citizens or attempt to terrorise any part of Rwanda, those who support and bankroll them, will; 1.always fail 2. be brought to justice.

After parading Sankara to the media, RIB today said the suspects file will be submitted to the National Public Prosecution Authority later today in accordance with Rwandan criminal procedure law.

Although several critics outside the country have been questioning the continued detention of Sankara without bringing him before the courts, also feared that he may have been subjected to torture.

However, Sankara appeared very happy and beamed a huge smile signaling that all was well with him and that there was no reason to suspect any bad handling while in detention.

Before his arrest which was a result of Rwanda’s complex diplomatic networking, Sankara had been very vocal on social media, making several threats and claims that his fighters had taken control of Nyungwe forest.

Before joining the MRCD group, Sankara was a member of exiled opposition group Rwanda National Congress.

Sankara is wanted for charges ranging from conspiring to murder, loot and taking Rwandans hostage.

His other offences include; Complicity in committing terrorist acts, Conspiracy and incitement to commit terrorist acts and another complex offence of formation of an irregular armed group.

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