Uganda deports a Rwandan murder fugitive who escaped prison

This Thursday May 11th, Uganda Police hand over Jovan Rugamba to Rwanda National Police at Gatuna border post. The man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder in 2011, but escaped prison in February this year.

Jovan Rugamba committed the criminal offence in Kamonyi, escaped the prison and fled to Uganda. He was arrested by Uganda Police Force (UPF) late last month in Kawempe division in Uganda’s capital Kampala following an arrest warrant issued by Interpol-Kigali.

RNP spokesperson, ACP Theos Badege said that after the convict escaped prison, a red notice was issued through Interpol’s international communication system – 1-24/7.

“It was later confirmed that Rugamba had crossed and hiding in Uganda. As usual, we worked with Uganda Police Force, who tracked and arrested him last month, and deported him,” said ACP Badege.

He lauded the existing cross-border cooperation between Rwanda and Uganda police forces.

“Rugamba is not the first fugitive to be arrested in Uganda. There are many others arrested and deported or extradited before. This kind of fruitful cooperation even with other countries, continue to play a significant role in ensuring that justice is served and to fight cross-border and transnational crimes in general,” said ACP Badege.

In February this year, UPF also deported two escapees; Boniface Ndimubanzi, genocide convict who was on life sentence, and Valence Ndikuryayo, who had been convicted for forgery and deceit.

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Jean Baptiste Karegeya

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