17 July 1996


"Kinyamateka" treasurer detained

On 16 July 1996, Jean-Pierre Bichamumpaka, treasurer of the
independent bi-weekly "Kinyamateka", was arrested in front of a
financial institution in Kigali (the Caisse sociale) by five
police officers, three of whom were plainclothes. Bichamumpaka was
then taken to the police headquarters in Kacyiru and detained
without any official warrant being shown to him. During the very
violent arrest, one of the officers reportedly accused
Bichamumpaka of killing his own father in the genocide.

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  • expressing great alarm at the arrest of Bichamumpaka
  • expressing the belief that his detention is an attempt to
    destabilize the paper
  • urging that he make every effort to secure the immediate and
    unconditional release of Jean-Pierre Bichamumpaka

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    His Excellency Pasteur Bizimungu
    Palais de la presidence
    Kigali, Rwanda
    Fax: +250 7 2904 (via Foreign Affairs Ministry)

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