Eight Rwandans are now imprisoned in Ngozi Prison after being arrested illegally extracting coltan on the Ryamukoma hill in Kabarore Commune, Kayanza Province in northern Burundi.
Those Rwandans include: Samuel Ndikuriyo, Bosco Nyandwi, Augustin Nyandwi, Jean Claude Nzeyimana, Vianney Sakubu, Ferdinand Uwizeyimana na Jean Claude Musabyimana.
The accused were arrested 10 days ago, and were brought before court one day later, the prosecutor told the court that they are accused of illegal border crossing and illegal mining.
However, the accused denied the accusations though they begged pardon holding that they driven by the lack of food in their homes.
After hearing them, the prosecutor urged the court to sentence each one of them with term of imprisonment of 10 years with 100 million Burundian francs as stipulated by the article 155 and 158 of the mining law and the article 414 of the penal code. The court after analysing the case, sentenced each one them with a term of imprisonment of 10 years.
These Rwandans are an addition to other 11 Rwandans who are jailed in Ngozi Prison with the similar accusations. The latter were arrested in Kabarore trying to cross border with 1 tone and 70 kilos of coltan.
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