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Rwandan police officers sentenced to emprisonment over anti-corruption activist murder

Two Rwandan police officers have been jailed for 20 years for murdering Gustave Makonene, a former Transparency International Rwanda employee that was investigating cross-border mineral smuggling.

Last year, The prosecution had demanded a life imprisonment for Nelson Iyakaremye and Isaac Ndabarinze. However On Thursday 22 January, the judge said that the police corporals, did not get a life sentence as they had both confessed, pleaded guilty and co-operated with the authorities, The New Times Reports.

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The two officers will be Jailed for 20 years (Photo/Imirasire.com)

Transparency International Rwanda said the sentence was too lenient.

"We followed the trial carefully and the convicts had been saying that the murder was a planned... we expected that they would get the heaviest punishment in the Rwanda penal code," the group’s executive director in Rwanda, Apollinaire Mupiganyi, told the Reuters news agency.

Gustave Makonene worked for Transparency International Rwanda. He was murdered in July 2013 in Rubavu, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prosecutors said the accused killed him as he was aware of their involvement in the illicit mineral trade.

Emile Ndayambaje - Imirasire.com

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