Ex-head of Rwanda’s president security unit jailed

Ex-head of Rwanda’s president security unit jailed

Ex-head of Rwanda's president security unit jailed

A court in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, has sentenced a former head of President Paul Kagame’s security unit to three years in prison “for stealing a mobile phone”.

Tom Byabagamba, who has been stripped of the rank of colonel, was already serving a 15-year prison sentence for disrespecting the national flag, insurrection, and endangering state security.

In 2016, a military court handed him a 21-year sentence, which was later commuted on appeal.

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The court heard that he planned to use the phone to escape from prison. He has maintained that all the charges were trumped-up.

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Following Tuesday’s ruling, he will now serve 18 years in total.

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Mr Byabagamba told the court he was not the kind of person to steal such an “insignificant object”.

He admitted that being caught up in possession of a phone was in violation of prison regulations, but shouldn’t warrant a prison sentence.

Mr Byabagamba told the court his troubles started when his older brother and former senior adviser to the president fled the country and became a vocal critic of Mr Kagame.

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A number of human rights organisations have accused the Rwandan government of not tolerating dissent, which it has consistently denied.

Vanguard News Nigeria

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