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Rwanda terminates prosecution of 17 Ugandans

By Xinhua

Added 20th February 2020 07:13 AM

The move comes a day after the release of 13 Rwandans detained in Uganda, after the Ugandan government released nine Rwandan citizens last month.

Rwanda terminates prosecution of 17 Ugandans

Presidents Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Joao Lourenco (Angola) Paul Kagame (Rwanda) and Felix Tshisekedi (DRC) at the Quadripartite Summit at the Presidential Palace in Luanda, Angola earlier this month.

The move comes a day after the release of 13 Rwandans detained in Uganda, after the Ugandan government released nine Rwandan citizens last month.

KIGALI - Rwanda on Wednesday announced that it has terminated the prosecution of 17 Ugandan citizens that were arrested in the country, said Rwandan ministry of foreign affairs in a statement.
 
The move comes barely a day after the release of 13 Rwandans who were detained in Uganda, after the Ugandan government released nine Rwandan citizens last month.
 
"The government of Rwanda through its high commission in Kampala, Uganda, welcomes the release of 13 Rwandan nationals and the deportation of two terrorist suspects who were involved in October 2019 Kinigi attacks," said the statement.
 
"The government of Rwanda recalls that it has already terminated the prosecution of 17 Ugandan citizens and released three who have completed their sentences," said the statement.
 
The development by the two countries follows the third meeting of the Ad Hoc Commission on the implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between Uganda and Rwanda held in Kigali, capital of Rwanda last Friday.
 
Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni are expected to meet on Friday this week at Gatuna at the border between Uganda and Rwanda under the Quadripartite Heads of State Summit, which also includes the leaders of Angola and DR Congo.
 
The meeting is expected to come up with tangible solution to the current bilateral standoff between Rwanda and Uganda, according to the Rwandan ministry of foreign affairs.
 
The government of Rwanda remains fully committed to meet its obligations in the implementation of Luanda Memorandum of Understanding.
 
The release came in the wake of negotiations by the two neighboring countries to end close to a year of misunderstandings.
 
Last year, Rwanda closed its common border with Uganda alleging that the latter was incarcerating its citizens. Uganda denied the allegations.

 

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