Rwanda’s opposition leader escapes from prison

Boniface Twagirimana

Boniface Twagirimana

A top leader of Rwanda’s unregistered political group FDU-Inkingi has escaped from prison, where he was awaiting trial for allegedly forming the terror group, the prison authority of Rwanda said on Monday.


Boniface Twagirimana, who had been in jail for one year pending his trial, escaped from Mpanga prison in southern Rwanda on Sunday night along with another inmate, spokesperson of Rwanda Correctional Services Hillary Sengabo told a media briefing in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.


The escape was noticed during routine roll call by prison guards on Monday morning, said Sengabo. The duo jumped over the perimeter wall to flee the prison, he said.  The other escapee was Aimable Murenzi, who was serving a life sentence over aggravated assault with intent to kill and had served 11 years in jail, according to him.


Twagirimana was arrested in September 2017 along with about nine others in connection with the formation of an armed group called P.5, which is said to be operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Rwandan police said last year.


Three inmates escaped from the same prison last year, including radio journalist Cassien Ntamuhanga, who had been charged with terrorism-related charges, according to Rwanda Correctional Services.


The escape comes weeks after the early release of Victoire Ingabire, the head of Twagirimana’s political group. She was pardoned by Rwandan President Paul Kagame with over 2,100 other inmates. -Xinhua

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