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Kigali (AFP) July 26, 2012
A Rwandan military court jailed a brother of an exiled former army chief to nine years in prison for threatening state security, the defence ministry said in a statement Thursday.
On Wednesday, the military high court found Lieutenant-Colonel Rugigana Ngabo guilty and "sentenced him to nine years following accusations of threatening state security," the ministry said.
The court found him guilty of "rallying demobilised soldiers against the government, propagating rumours against the government, and inciting the population to subversive activities," the ministry said.
Both Rugigana Ngabo and the prosecution will appeal, the statement said.
Arrested in August 2010, Rugigana Ngabo is a brother of former Rwandan army chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, in exile in South Africa, and sentenced in absentia in early 2011 to 24 years in prison for threatening state security.
In June 2010 Kayumba Nyamwasa escaped an assassination attempt, which he said was orchested by the government of his former comrade-in-arms, Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
The Rwandan government has always ruled out any involvement.
The court hearing over the assassination attempt is currently ongoing in South Africa.
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Panetta to visit North Africa, Middle East
Washington (AFP) July 26, 2012
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta heads to Tunisia and Egypt next week to support their "democratic transitions" and to Israel and Jordan to discuss the Syrian conflict, the Pentagon said. Recent regime changes in Tunis and Cairo present "new opportunities for security cooperation," spokesman George Little told reporters on Thursday. The Pentagon chief will stop first in Tunisia, the bir ... read more
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