RWANDAN NATIONAL ABANDONS BAIL AND APPLIES FOR ASYLUM

RWANDAN NATIONAL ABANDONS BAIL AND APPLIES FOR ASYLUM

Rwandan national, Ukiliho Kayishema Fulgence, has abandoned his bail application and will instead launch an asylum application today. Fulgence, facing 54 charges which comprised 9 counts of fraud, 10 counts of the Contravention of Section 37(a) of the Refugees Act 130 of 1998, read with Section 1 of the said Act, and 35 counts of Contravention of Section 49(1)(a) of the Immigration Act 13 of 2002, read with Section (1) of the said Act, told the court through his lawyer that he was abandoning his bail application at this stage.
On 09 June 2023, the State provided a comprehensive charge to the defence and the defence requested a postponement to consult their client. Today Fulgence’s lawyer, Juan Smuts, confirmed that they did consult with their client and he instructed them that he was abandoning his bail application at this stage. He did not indicate whether his client intends to bring a bail application at a later stage. The State will oppose the bail application.
State Adv Nathan Adriaanse, told the court that the asylum application has no bearing on the court case. Adriaanse also told the court that the State came across new evidence which will lead to new charges being added to the ones preferred against the accused. He further told the court that the State will apply for a centralisation certificate, as some of the cases that have emerged were committed outside the Western Cape. This certificate will allow for all the cases preferred against the accused to be prosecuted in the Western Cape.
The case has been postponed to 18 August 2023, for further investigation and the accused is remanded in custody.

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