Nsabimana, NLF rebel publicist denied bail

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The spokesperson of Rwanda rebel group National Liberation Force (NLF) Callixte Nsabimana alias Sankara, who pleaded guilty to terrorism related charges last week, was denied bail on Tuesday at Kacyiru Primary Court in Gasabo district in Kigali.

Nsabimana is accused of terrorism, murder, kidnap, armed robbery, genocide denial, arson, forgery among other charges.

He pleaded guilty last Thursday to all 16 charges preferred against him.
In denying him bail, court expressed fear that Nsabimana could jump bail and flee the country back to rebel camps because of the magnitude of his crimes as argued by prosecution.

It remanded the suspect for 30 days as investigations into his case continue.

Prosecution alleges that Nsabimana was facilitated by Burundian security officials to link up with Uganda’s security officials to seek for military and diplomatic support.

During the previous hearing, Nsabimana testified about his rebel activities, including efforts to meet Burundian and Ugandan military officials in search of military and diplomatic support.

He said he had entered a guilty plea to save court’s time and because he is aware prosecution has gathered enough evidence to pin him.

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

Rwandan government announced the arrest of Nsabimana on April 30.

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