Rebel leader Callixte Nsabimana alias Sankara paraded to the media

By Elias Hakizimana.

Callixte Nsabimana Alias Sankara, Rwandan terror suspect has been paraded in Kigali this Friday in front of local and international media.

The detainee who has not spoken any word was seemingly in a good mood despite being held in the police hands as he appeared to the media at the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) headquarters.

Moise Nkundabarashi, his legal assistant said that Nsabimana is accused of terrorism crimes and is legally detained.

Journalists wanted to know if the defendant lawyer has no coverage behind supporting Nsabimana but he explained that he accepted to defend Nsabimana following the professional and legal framework. 

“He chose me to defend him and I do not need and other coverage than the laws that govern professional lawyers in Rwanda to defend someone who is accused of crimes. I think it is also in accordance to the principle of the Rwanda’s constitution in its article 29 that allows a detainee of criminal cases to have their choice of a defendant lawyer,” Nkundabarashi said.

He said he conducted enough discussion with the detainee to gather needed information about the crimes he is accused of.

 “After being questioned by RIB, I discussed every important thing with him,” Nkundabarashi noted.

He said that his client is healthy and in a good condition, adding that he is legally detained and that there are no worries that he is experiencing torture.

Modeste Mbabazi, the spokesperson of RIB said that Nsabimana is arrested by the article 12 of the law No.46/2018 of 13/08/2018 where the prosecutor makes a temporary note of arresting and detaining the criminal suspect in 15 days that are subject to being increased to a maximum of 90 days by the authority of high level prosecutor.

Modeste Mbabazi, the spokesperson of RIB/Photo Elias Hakizimana.

“Since we revealed that we have Callixte Nsabimana, the 90 days are not over. The prosecution has the power to follow on whoever wants to shake the safety of the nation wherever he/she is,” Mbabazi said.

Apart from the article 12 of the law No.46/2018 of 13/08/2018, Callixte Nsabimana is also condemned by the article 33 on terrorism crimes on political benefits.

Nsabimana’s detention is also defined by the law No.68/2018 of 30/08/2018 setting crimes and punishments in Rwanda in its article 200 about creating illegal armed groups; and article 19 stating punishment of terrorism.

Callixte Nsabimana alias Sankara was arrested on April 16, 2019 and his case file is expected to appear to court today. 

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,( is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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