Lawyers of Iwacu news reporters appeal to Ntahangwa appeal Court

Lawyers of the four news reporters of Iwacu Press Group and their driver detained for «complicity in undermining the state internal security ” have appealed this Monday, November 4, to Ntahangwa Appeal Court in Bujumbura City.

Iwacu news reporters

The appeal file is to reconsider the decision made by the Judge’s Council Chamber to keep these reporters and their driver in custody. They are on their 14th day of incarceration.
Lawyer Clément Retirakiza believes that the judge of appeal will decide to release his customers.

He mentioned the Article 154 of the revised Code of Criminal Procedure, which stipulates that “freedom being the rule and detention the exception, the accused may not be detained unless there is sufficient evidence against them and that the facts alleged against them appear to constitute an offense punishable by law at least one year of penal servitude “.

Lawyer Clément Retirakiza also said the Council Chamber of Ntahangwa Appeal Court can whether conclude the release of the four journalists and their driver or at least decide on a provisional release. Otherwise, he said there will be a debate before Bubanza High Court in public hearing.

Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Egide Harerimana, Térence Mpozenzi and their driver Adolphe Masabarakiza were arrested in Musigati commune in Bubanza province on October 22. The High Court of Bubanza has decided to keep them in pre-trial detention on October 31.