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Police Arrest Four Smugglers With 20 Bales Of Clothes

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Rwanda National Police (RNP) has arrested four smugglers in Nyarugenge District with 20 bales of second-hand clothes commonly known as Caguwa.

They were arrested on Friday, March 5, in operations conducted in Kimisagara and Rwezamenyo sectors by the Anti-Smuggling and Revenue Protection units.

The joint operation targeted “renowned smugglers” after a tip-off from residents.

According to RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, two of the suspects, namely; Eduard Niyondamya, 36, and Console Uwanyirigira, 32, were arrested at Kimisagara market with eight bales of smuggled second-hands.

Two others; Yassin Nshimiyimana, 29, and Emmanuel Sikubwabo, 41, were arrested later in Rwezamenyo with 12 bales.

The last bunch of 12 smuggled bales were recovered from the house of Nshimiyimana

“Suspected smugglers were arrested in separate hours after a resident alerted the police about the coordinated fraud,” CP Kabera said.

He added: “Police officers attached to the Anti-smuggling and Revenue protection units worked together and first apprehended Niyondamya and Uwanyirigira, who were found unloading eight bales of Caguwa from the car at the Kimisagara market,”

Later on, CP Kabera said, officers attached to the Anti-Smuggling unit
intercepted recovered other 12 bales from Nshimiyimana’s house in Rwezamenyo Sector, where he was also arrested alongside Sikubwabo.

Meanwhile, efforts by Sikubwabo to bribe the Police officers to bail their way out hit a dead end as he will also face the same attempted crime of bribery, according to the spokesperson.

Law enforcement organs are also still searching for the suspected ringleader of the group identified as Enock Kayiranga, who managed to flee during the operation.

CP Kabera warned the business community against all sorts of unlawful acts including smuggling and tax evasion.

He warned that Police is now aware of the tricks and means used by smugglers and thanked members of the public, who facilitated such successful operations against fraud.

“Most smuggled second-hand clothes come from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Local smugglers establish contacts in the neighboring country, their partners send the products through Lake Kivu and other porous borders in Rubavu and Rusizi districts.

The suspects usually ferry their smuggled goods to Kigali in sacks of fruits to dodge taxes,” CP Kabera disclosed.

Seized goods and the suspected smugglers were handed over to RPU for further management.

Tax fraud

A taxpayer, who commits fraud, is subject to an administrative fine of one hundred percent (100%) of the evaded tax.

With exception to that penalty, the Tax Administration refers the case to the Prosecution service if the taxpayer voluntarily evaded such tax. In case of conviction, the taxpayer can be imprisoned for a period between six months and two years.

Under the East African Community Management Act, which is also applicable in Rwanda, seized smuggled goods under article 199, are auctioned.

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Joseph Kony’s Ruthless Commander Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison

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At last justice has been dispensed as the International Criminal Court (ICC) handed a 25-year sentence to Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander, Major General Dominique Ongwen.

Back home in Uganda, South Sudan and Central African Republic where Gen. Ongwen wrecked havoc, families of victims and other people that suffered during his terror operations are now jubilating at the court’s rule on Thursday.

However, Gen. Ongwen who was present during court’s judgement, seemed not bothered. He remained passive as he heard the 25-year sentence handed down to him.

“I am before this international court with so many charges, and yet I am the first victim of child abduction. What happened to me I do not even believe happened to Jesus Christ,” Gen. Ongwen said.

ICC Presiding Judge Bertram Schmitt said judges had to weigh Ongwen’s brutality with his own tortured past as a schoolboy abducted by the LRA when deciding on a sentence.

“The chamber is confronted in the present case with a unique situation. It is confronted with a perpetrator who willfully brought tremendous suffering upon his victims,” Schmitt said.

“However, it is also confronted with a perpetrator who himself had previously endured extreme suffering at the hands of the group of which he later became a prominent member and leader.”

It was the wish of victims of Ongwen’s crimes that court hands him the full life sentence. The defence had sought a 10-year prison term.

Prosecutors had asked for a 20-year prison term for Ongwen, saying his own history justified a lower sentence than the maximum 30 years to life allowed by the ICC.

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Herman Nsengimana In The Dock For Terror Trial

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This Thursday the High Court Special Chamber for International and Cross-border crimes is trying Herman Nsengimana in the terror trial involving Paul Rusesabagina and his co-accused.

Rusesabagina is on record for publicly heading the National Liberation Front (FLN) and Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD) and priding their actions of killing, looting, kidnapping and destroying infrastructure in communities surrounding Nyungwe National Park forest in Southern Rwanda.

Rusesabagina appeared in a recorded video message inscribed with a FLN logo,  the armed wing of Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRDC). He declared war against the government of Rwanda.

He claimed that after trying many methods, they failed to remove the regime in Kigali.

“The FLN will use all possible means including the armed struggle to drive the RPF out of power since it refused all peaceful ways,” Rusesabagina said in a message both in English and Kinyarwanda. His terror group later circulated the video via social media platforms.

Later, attacks were executed in parts of Rwanda especially the area bordering Nyungwe forest. A handful Rwandans were shot, homes looted and many injured in the attacks that took place in different phases.

FLN Spokesperson, Callixte Nsabimana currenty on a joint trial with Rusesabagina, always took to international media and social media boasting that his rebel group had carried out the attacks.

For example in In December 2019, Nsabimana also claimed responsibility for setting fire on passenger buses in Nyungwe forest, which led to the death of two people and many injuries.

Taarifa investigative team last year went on a fact-finding tour of this part of Rwanda that has previously suffered attacks from barbaric terrorists known as the National Liberation Front (FLN).

Daniel Minani, 66, had just gone to bed at 10am on April 13, 2019, and suddenly unknown people knocked on the door. They identified themselves as security personnel and told him not to worry. His wife opened the door. They went direct to the bedroom and began looting. “They looted beans, maize, flour,” Minani told Taarifa.

“They walked into the kraal and took my goats, and my son confronted them. They shot him dead. I will never forget the scene. It was a barbaric act. My daughter was about to wed, unfortunately, we called it off. I am still devastated,” Minani narrated his ordeal.

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Police Shoots Inmates In Kirehe District

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Police has shot five inmates in Kirehe district Poilce cell while they were trying to escape, Police Spokesperson, John Bosco Kabera has confirmed.

Kabera told Taarifa that the unfortunate incident happened in the morning when inmates were being led to take their shower. That the inmates ambushed the officer and ran out.

Other officers shot in the air to stop the suspects from running. “They refused to stop, unfortunately five of them ended up being shot,” he said.

The imamates were all suspects that were awaiting to face charges on several accounts.

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