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Trial of two senior Hutu rebel leaders resumes – Rwanda

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The trial of two leaders of the Rwandan Hutu rebel group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), resumed on Wednesday, 24 June 2020 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 the 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 the 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, the 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 border between the country with Uganda on 15 December  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 DR Congo’s vast eastern region where they have continued to cause a humanitarian catastrophe—killing, raping and plundering—as well as launching attacks on Rwanda.


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