Rwanda top court rejects separate appeal for popular singer

Monday May 14 2018

From left: Kizito Mihigo, Cassien Ntamuhanga, and Jean Paul Dukuzumuremyi during their trial hearing in 2014.

From left: Kizito Mihigo, Cassien Ntamuhanga, and Jean Paul Dukuzumuremyi during their trial hearing in 2014. They were sentenced to 10 years, 25 years and 30 years respectively for plot to kill President Paul Kagame. FILE PHOTO | CYRIL NDEGEYA | NMG 

By IVAN R. MUGISHA
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Jailed Rwandan gospel singer, Kizito Mihigo's, request for a separate appeal hearing was on Monday denied by the Supreme Court.

The judges ruled that Mr Mihigo must appear alongside his accomplice.

The 37-year-old was in February 2015 sentenced to a reduced sentence of 10 years after admitting to a plot to kill President Paul Kagame.

He was convicted alongside radio journalist Cassien Ntamuhanga, who was handed 25 years, and retired soldier Jean Paul Dukuzumuremyi, who got 30 years.

The three appealed their sentences.

However, Mr Ntamuhanga is now a fugitive after escaping from prison in October last year.