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Rubavu: Man Arrested For Impersonating Commander Of Police Station

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A man, who was impersonating the commander for Nyamyumba Police station in Rubavu District and defrauding unwitting members of the public, has been arrested.

Callixte Rwasubutare, 52, was arrested on January 12, in Rubona Cell, Nyambyumba Sector alongside his co-conspirator identified as Innocent Iranzi, 37.

According to the Police spokesperson for the Western region, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the duo was arrested after defrauding a local resident identified as Fabien Habiyaremye, of Frw20, 000.

“Rwasubutare and Iranzi somehow got to know that Habiyaremye had a relative detained at Nyamyumba Police station over assault. They contacted Habiyaremye with Rwasubutare introducing himself as the commander for Nyamyumba Police station. They asked for money so as to release his detained relative,” CIP Karekezi explained.

He added: “Habiyaremye first sent them Frw10, 000; they told him it was not enough. He later sent them another Frw10, 000 and waited in vain for the release of his relative. This is when he realized that he had been duped by fraudsters; he reported the alleged criminal act to law enforcement.

Rwasubutare and Iranzi were located and arrested, they admitted to the crime. Police also found mobile banking messages in one of the suspects’ phones indicating that they indeed received the money from Habiyaremye.”

CIP Karekezi warned against such criminal behaviors but further cautioned members of the public, who fall victim for attempting to take “criminal shortcuts.”

“Money does not release people taken into custody for a particular crime; the law does. The law punishes the person, who solicits a bribe and one that offers it. Anyone asking for money to render such a service is equally a criminal and should be reported and arrested,” CIP Karekezi said.

Impersonation, under article 279 of the law determining offences and penalties in general, attracts an imprisonment of between two and three years and a fine of between Frw300, 000 and Frw500, 000, while fraud is punishable under article 174, with an imprisonment of between two and three years and a fine of Frw3 million to Frw5 million, upon conviction.

According to article 4 of the Law on Fighting Against Corruption, any person, who offers, solicits, accepts or receives, by any means, an illegal benefit for himself/herself or another person in order to render or omit a service under his or her mandate, commits an offense.

Upon conviction, the offender is liable to imprisonment for a term of more than five years but not more than seven years, with a fine of three to five times the value of the illegal benefit solicited or received.

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Radical Genocide Denier, Idamange To Appear Before Court On Thursday

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Taarifa has learnt that Idamange Iryamugwiza Yvonne will appear before the Gasabo intermediate court this Thursday to answer several charges including inciting public disorder, resisting lawful arrest, and aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer.

She was arrested on February 15, 2021, at around 4 PM, during a joint operation between Police and Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB).

Police, upon her arrest, said that since January 31, 2021, Idamange Iryamugwiza Yvonne, 42, had “exhibited behavior that mixes politics, criminality, and madness on different media platforms. This conduct invited the attention and close scrutiny of law enforcement.”

During the arrest, the suspect allegedly used a bottle to cause head injuries to the officer who was immediately taken to Kacyiru District Hospital for medical attention.

The suspect is a popular YouTuber who claims to be an activist, but the content she publishes on her channel has caused irrational reactions including, largely, serving as a mockery to genocide survivors and negating facts surrounding the Genocide against the Tutsi, according to observers.

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Sarkozy Could Request To Be Detained At Home

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy qualifies to request to serve his prison sentence from home, court said on Monday.

The 66-year-old Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption and abuse of office and was ultimately sentenced to a three-year prison sentence with two years suspended.

Taking into account the two years suspended, the sentence of one year jail means it is unlikely Sarkozy will physically go to prison, a punishment that in France usually applies to jail terms in excess of two years.

Sarkozy reamins free, since no arrest warrant has been issued.

Sarkozy was president of France from 2007 to 2012, would be entitled to request to be detained at home, but could be obliged to wear an electronic bracelet.

The prosecution had asked for a four-year prison term, with two years suspended. The crime of corruption of an official carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Only one other French president, Sarkozy’s political mentor Jacques Chirac, was put on trial after leaving office, but he was excused from having to attend his 2011 corruption trial because of ill health.

Sarkozy’s two co-defendants, the lawyer Thierry Herzog and former senior judge Gilbert Azibert, were also found guilty and given the same sentence as Sarkozy.

Nicolas Sarkozy will face another trial later this month along with 13 other people on charges related to the alleged illegal financing of his 2012 presidential campaign.

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