Confirmed: Spokesperson of Rwandan rebel group Sankara detained

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The National Liberation Front (FLN), a Rwandan rebel group spokesperson Callixte Nsabimana a.k.a Sankara, has been detained by the Rwanda Investigation Bureau and his case file will be submitted to the National Public Prosecution Authority soon.

The confirmation of his arrest by the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) in a Tuesday statement comes about two weeks since media reports indicated he had been arrested in Comoros.

“The Rwanda Investigation Bureau has detained NSABIMANA Callixte a.k.a Sankara, while processing his criminal case file. Nsabimana has been wanted over several offences committed on Rwandan territory,” the RIB statement said.

The offences include formation of an irregular armed group; complicity in committing terrorist acts; conspiracy and incitement to commit terrorist acts; taking persons hostage; murder; and looting, it said.

It added that Nsabimana’s case file will be submitted to the National Public Prosecution Authority in accordance with Rwandan criminal procedure law.

Maj Callixte Sankara has been on Rwandan wanted list of dissidents accused of engaging in subversive activities.

In a statement on March 19 Sankara claimed his rebel group had taken control of some Rwandan regions near Nyungwe forest, areas bordering Nyamagabe and Nyaruguru districts in southern Rwanda.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame on April 8 dismissed the talks of overrunning some places in the country as “just a passing story.”

At a press conference in Kigali on Tuesday, the minister of foreign affairs Richard Sezibera, warned all Rwandan dissidents, saying Rwanda with cooperation with host governments will have them arrested to face justice.

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