Gicumbi: Woman arrested in attempt to release detained husband

Gicumbi: Woman arrested in attempt to release detained husband
22-02-2018 | By Karegeya Jean Baptiste | Hit 50 | Comment

Police in Gicumbi District is holding Innocente Mukamuganga with Innocent Habiyambere, who attemped to bribe Police station to release her husband Patrick Habanabakize.

Habanabakize was arrested recently in connection with the January 25 theft in GS APAPEB, when thieves broke into the computer laboratory and stole 21 laptops. At the time of his arrest, Habanabakize was found with two of the eleven computers so far recovered.

The Northern region Police spokesperson, CIP Hamdun Twizeyimana, said that the duo tried to offer a bribe of Rwf40, 000 to seduce an officer at Byumba Police station to release Habanabakize, detained there.

“Both Mukamuganga and Haniyambere went to Byumba police station on February 20, and called out one of the police officers stationed there, and seduced him with Rwf40, 000 so as to release Mukamuganga’s husband. The officer in question signaled his colleagues and the duo were arrested red-handed in the crime,” Twizeyimana said. He warned people against bribery and other illegal attempts to seek services.

“If you commit a crime you will face the law, and if you or any other person tries other illegal means to evade justice, this constitutes another crime”, the spokesperson warned.

House break-in, which is referred to as ‘aggravating circumstances of theft without violence or threat,’ under article 301 of the penal code, is punishable with an imprisonment of up to four years.

On the other hand, Mukamuganga and Haniyambere could be facing between five to seven years in prison and a fine of twice to ten times the value of the illegal benefit they offered, if convicted, as stipulated under article 641.

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