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Murekezi deserves a suspended sentence - Lawyer

Written by  John Namalenga jnr Mar 07, 2017

Lawyers for Rwandan genocide convict Vincent Murekezi are considering an appeal over a five year jail sentence meted out on their client on corruption charges.

The magistrates’ court in Lilongwe on Monday sentenced Murekezi in a corruption case brought to the court in 2008 by the Anti-Corruption Bureau –ACB.

Hearing of the case resumed in December last year, while answering an extradition case for a genocide charge he was convicted of in 1994 in his home country.

Giving the sentence, Principal Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa cited that Murekezi had embezzled money amounting to over 2 million kwacha.

Lawyer for Murekezi, Gift Katundu expressed dissatisfaction with the sentence saying Murekezi should have been given a suspended sentence.

“We will obviously appeal, if you look at the facts of the case you will find out that the co-accused is given a suspended sentence which was translated to doing community service, and the same facts, same issue, same scenario, why should Murekezi get something different? Is it because he is a foreigner?” asked Katundu.

He went on to describe the basis of the suspended sentence to the co-accused as discriminatory saying the court considered social factors.

“The court has considered social factors, just because the other person had a child who was sick, so every person who goes to court with a child who is sick, should the court be considering that? That is discrimination” added Katundu.


A fervent Katundu further highlighted that Murekezi’s case is not one of the serious offenses as it is a case involving private individuals unlike corruption cases involving public servants which is aggravated by the trust people give to them by way of trust.  

Last modified on Tuesday, 07 March 2017 12:53

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