788 inmates to be released on parole, several officers dismissed in army, police

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A Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on Friday granted parole to 788 eligible prisoners who had been convicted of various offenses, and approved dismissal of nearly 60 officers from different security organs of the country, according to minutes.

Rwanda’s Code of Criminal Procedure provide for the release on parole of a convict who has served at least one-third of a sentence of less than 5 years, or two-thirds of a sentence greater than 5 years (or at least 20 years in the case of a life sentence), after meeting at least one of the conditions namely:

He or she sufficiently demonstrates good behavior and gives serious pledges of social rehabilitation.

He or she suffers from serious and incurable disease approved by a medical committee composed of at least three recognized doctors.

We welcome them back and urge family/ friends to help so they reform for good, justice minister Johnston Busingye said in a tweet on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet approved Presidential Orders dismissing nearly 60 officers from different security organs of the country, according to the minutes.

These include five officers dismissed from Rwanda Defence Force, 20 officers from Rwanda National Police, other 30 officers from Rwanda National Police dismissed without notice and four officers from Rwanda Correctional Service.

The Cabinet also approved ministerial orders dismissing about 300 non-commissioned officers, low ranking officers and enlisted personnel.

Those affected include one non-commissioned officer and 18 enlisted personnel from Rwanda Defence Force, 101 non-commissioned officers and low-ranking Police officers from Rwanda National Police, 147 non-commissioned officers and low-ranking Police officers dismissed without notice and 47 non-commissioned officers and prison warders from Rwanda Correctional Service.

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