Rwandan Nationals Remanded Again

A total of 45 Rwandans who were last arrested and charged with terrorism have been remanded further up to the 5th of February 2018.
The suspects were arrested in December 2017 in Kikagati in Isingiro District at the Uganda at the Uganda-Tanzania border and transferred to Nalufenya for detention.

On the 27th of December, they appeared before Mbarara chief magistrates court and were remanded up to today when they re appeared in court.

The group today morning appeared before Mbarara grade one magistrate Daphin Ayebale who remanded them further up to the 5th of February when the case will come up for mention.

The magistrate also ordered that the suspects should not be detained at Nalufenya but instead by be taken to Uganda government prison –Kyamugoranyi in Mbarara after state prosecutor Anthony Ulijishuli requested for more time to enable the state complete investigations into the matter.

Ulijishuli revealed that the investigations had been delayed by lack of adequate funds to enable them proceed.
The magistrate also ordered that a group of seven suspects who are below the age of 18 be separated from the rest of the suspects.

Her orders followed requests by Defence lawyers Franco Barenkensi attached to legal aid project Mbarara and Okong Innocent of KOB Advocates and Solicitors asking court to ensure that the suspects are detained like other prisoners other than taking them back to Nalufenya.

The lawyers insist that the suspects were Rwandan refugees from Nakivale settlement camp in Mbarara District and comprised women and children.

They say that ther clients were arrested while travelling to Tanzania for a Christian fellowship.

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