Kigali, 23 June 2017
Pte Ishimwe J Claude and Pte Nshimyumukiza J Pierre, on 23 June 2017, appeared before the Military Tribunal in a pre-trial detention hearing on murder case accusation. According to the Military Prosecution, the duo are suspected for brutally shooting and killing Late Ntivuguruzwa Aimé Yvan, 28 years, in the night of 9-10 May 2017, in Gikondo Cell, Kigarama Sector, Kicukiro District.
The Military Prosecution explained that the suspects were supposed to be on official duty in Gikondo area but deviated, got drunk and thereafter brutally shot and killed Late Ntivuguruzwa.
The charges against Pte Ishimwe J Claude and Pte Nshimyumukiza J Pierre , according to the Military Prosecution are: murder, extortion by violence or constraint, degrading or damaging property belonging to others, illegal use of firearm and insubordination. Pte Ishimwe J Claude pleaded guilty for all charges, while Nshimyumukiza J Pierre pleaded guilty on murder charge and rejected others against him.
The Military Prosecution requested for a 30 day provisional detention for the accused because of the gravity of charges against them.
Lawyer Uwimana Thadee requested the Court to release on bail his clients alleging that the murder was not pre-meditated and the suspects were in self defence.
The court's ruling will be delivered on 27 June 2017 in Gikondo.
During the burial ceremony for Late Ntivuguruzwa on 11 May 2017, the Defence and Military Spokesperson, Lt Col René Ngendahimana underlined the RDF strong attachment to high standard discipline among its members. “RDF values are clear; our role is to protect people, not to harm them. RDF has zero tolerance policy for any indiscipline behaviour within the Force. Let it be clear, those who committed this crime did it in their own name, in no way in the name of RDF”, he said.