Rwanda: Trial of two senior hutu rebel leaders resumes

APA- Kigali (Rwanda)

The trial two leaders of the Rwandan hutu rebel group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), resumed Wednesday before Nyanza high court chamber in Southern Rwanda with defendants facing damning charges.

The trial includes FDLR’s spokesperson, Ignace Nkaka a.k.a Laforge Fils Bazeye and Lt Colonel Jean Pierre Nsekanabo, a.k.a Theophile Camara Abega.

The hearing started with the prosecutor accusing the duo of propagating messages intended to incite the public against government of Rwanda, forming and being part of an illegal group, terrorism and
associating with a foreign country with an intention to cause war to Rwanda.

To be specific, the prosecution told court that in regard to terrorism, both suspects had both a direct and indirect role in attacks that were staged against Rwanda.

During the hearing, Prosecution cited the gravity of the crimes the two are accused of committing, including belonging to a terror group that has killed people.

Bazeye and Abega were apprehended by FARDC, the army of Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) at Bunagana boarder between the country with Uganda on December 15,2018.

They were later on handed to Rwanda.

Nkaka’s elder brother, Lt. Col. Léonard Nkundiye formerly in the notorious presidential guards before the Genocide against Tutsis —was deputy chief of staff of the Army for the Liberation of Rwanda – ALIR and coordinator of the activities of its political wing, the Party for the Liberation of Rwanda (PALIR), until his death in battle with other insurgents in 1998.

In 2000, ALIR merged with other groups to form the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR)

For the past 26 years, the militia outfit has been entrenched in the DR Congo’s vast eastern region where they have continued to cause a humanitarian catastrophe—killing, raping and plundering—as well as launching attacks into Rwanda.


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