HomeNational NewsBreaking news: Emotional testimony and 25 years sentence request for Callixte Nsabimana

Breaking news: Emotional testimony and 25 years sentence request for Callixte Nsabimana

By Jean Gatera

Callixte Nsabimana, staring at a lengthy stay behind bars.

The former spokesperson of the MRCD-FLN terrorist militia, Callixte Nsabimana, has seen the prosecution requesting that he be sentenced to 25 years in jail for his role in the terrorist organization. Prosecutors want him sentenced for forming an illegal armed group, being part of a terror group, terrorism based on political motives, conspiracy and encouraging others to commit terror,  murder as an act of terrorism.

MRCD-FLN launch terrorist attacks in the southern region of Rwanda in 2018 and 2019. Its leader, Paul Rusesabagina, also on trial, had acknowledged on social media his organization’s responsibility calling for support of the terrorist acts. His message were relayed by Nsabimana Callixte who was the spokesperson and vice-president of the outfit.

Court also heard from victims of the FLN-MRCD attacks. They are seeking Rwf1.6 Billion in compensation. One survivor, Alice Kayitesi, moved the court with an emotional request, she asked court to allow her to meet face to face with Paul Rusesabagina and Callixte Nsabimana. She testified about the attack and how it changed her life forever.

“They shot so intensely at our bus. I was sitting close to a girl who was about 12-years-old, and I saw her being shot in the head,” Kayitesi said, “Another man who was sitting next to me was also shot.”Kayitesi added, “When I looked at my clothes,I saw blood and pieces of flesh and I got to know that I had also been shot.” She survived with gunshot wounds and back injuries; since the attack she cannot stand for long or wear high-heel shoes.

“I had a dream of studying well, make good money and live well. I am only a Rwandan child who wanted a good life. But some people took a decision to change that. They really retarded my life,” an emotional Kayitesi narrated. As she concluded her testimony, the judge asked her for any last comment.

Bravely, Kayitesi answered, “I want to meet with Sankara and Rusesabagina, and talk to them in person.”

The FLN trial,  in which Paul Rusesabagina and 20 co-accused are charged with terrorist related crimes, resumed today on the 16th of June. Sadly, Rusesabagina refusal to attend trial denies Kayitesi closure on the trauma inflicted by MRCD-FLN.

1 COMMENT

  1. But all these prisoners show signs of deep torture and worry. Compare them to healthy looking Ugandan prisoners who can even go out play football, and return to their cells without torture. We even have prisoners who move out of the prison facilities on errands then return to their cells in the evenings.

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