Rwanda musician Kizito Mihigo arrested fleeing to Burundi

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Kizito Mihigo (L) was captured as he attempted to cross into Burundi using an illegal route [New Times photo]

On Friday, Rwanda security organs handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), Kizito Mihigo, after being arrested in Nyaruguru District.

Mihigo’s criminal charges include attempt to illegally cross to Burundi, joining terrorist groups and corruption.

His attempt to escape constitutes a breach of conditions set in the Presidential Order Nº132/01 of 14/09/2018 Exercising the Prerogative of Mercy, leading to the revocation of the Presidential Mercy.

Investigations into the above charges are underway after which his case file will be forwarded to the Prosecution for further management.

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Mihigo was spotted and stopped by local residents in Nyaruguru District who later handed him over to authorities after allegedly turning down a Rwf300,000 bribe.

The musician was convicted in 2015 after he pleaded guilty to crimes including conspiracy to murder President Kagame and other top leaders of the country.

He was among more than 2,000 convicts who were released when President Paul Kagame commuted their sentences in September 2018.

Mihigo had in February 2015 been convicted to 10 years in prison.

He had been convicted alongside his co-accused, Cassien Ntamuhanga, former director of a Christian radio station, who escaped prison while serving a 25 year term for terrorism and incitement charges.

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