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He’s a security risk! Self-styled Rwandan rebel chief Sankara denied bail

Maj Callixte Sankara with his lawyer Moise Nkundabarashi in a Rwandan court for the bail hearing on May 23. (PHOTO/File)

Kigali – A court in Kigali has refused to grant bail to self-styled rebel leader Callixte Nsabimana alias Maj Sankara – agreeing with Prosecution to keep him in custody for another month.

Gasabo Primary Court ruled this afternoon that Maj Sankara cannot be freed considering the serious grounds raised by  Rwandan prosecutor in the previous hearing on May 23.

The unnamed judge said Sankara had himself pleaded guilty to 16 charges and actually apologized.

Among the charges, said the court, was using forged documents particularly the passport from Lesotho, which he could repeat and flee the country.

Rwandan court also concurred with Prosecution that Maj. Sankara has no known address where he can stay if released since even in his passport, it is indicated that he was born in Masisi region of eastern DR Congo although Maj. Sankara was born in Rwanda, grew up Kigali – only leaving after 2008.

Court also said, Maj. Sankara is a security risk considering that before he was arrested, he had openly called for war against a Kagame administration.

Court said each of the charges against Sankara carries a sentence of more than two years, which makes him ineligible for bail.

Maj Sankara was captured in the Indian Ocean island of Comoros on April 14.

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