By David Malingha DoyaKayumba Nyamwasa, and three other former officials, to at least 30 years in prison.
Nyamwasa, ex-Rwandan spy chief Patrick Karegyeya, Major Theogene Rudasingwa, the country’s first envoy to the U.S., and former Prosecutor-General Gerard Gahima will make their first court appearance on six charges on Jan. 14, Capt. Fidel Musingi, the head of military prosecution, said today in an interview in Kigali, the capital.
“We are accusing the four of crimes against internal order, exposing the Republic of Rwanda to hostility of foreign powers, discrimination and sectarianism practices, defamation and insult, and establishing a criminal gang,” he said.
Karegyeya on Aug. 2 last year told The Observer newspaper in neighboring Uganda that charges against them are “fabricated and baseless” and politically motivated. Nyamwasa, now a critic of President Paul Kagame, was hospitalized after he was shot in the stomach at his home in South Africa in June.
Rwanda, a coffee-based economy with a population of 9.7 million, is recovering from a genocide in 1994 in which 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in a 100-day slaughter that left a 10th of the population dead.--Editors: Vernon Wessels, Karl Maier.
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