Police warns against popular justice after death of suspected thief

The police have cautioned people against taking matters in their own hands, appealing on them to instead share information to fight and prevent crimes, and apprehend suspected criminals.

This follows the arrest of four people in Nyamagabe District for assaulting a suspected thief, who later died of his injuries. The four accused the man of stealing rabbits.

Self-administered justice means the unlawful retaliation for a perceived injustice, warned chief inspector of police André Hakizimana, the police spokesman for the Southern Province.

He warned that investigations are under way to ensure that justice is served.

“A crime can’t be rectified by a crime. The justice sector is there to ensure that when a crime is committed, professionals and accredited institutions handle it appropriately. When you take matters in your own hands, you have committed a crime and will be prosecuted,” Hakizimana said.

“If suspects are identified or caught, they should be reported or handed over to police for proper course of action,” he added. “Everyone has a right to defend himself in courts of law.”

Article 151 of the Penal Code stipulates that a person found guilty of beating, injuring or killing a person will face imprisonment of between 10 and 15 years. It further states that any person, who commits such a crime in a manner that is premeditated, faces life imprisonment.

  • By Hope Magazine
  • Posted 8th March 2017

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