KIGALI, The trial of former Rwandan Mining Minister Evode Imena, who is accused of nepotism and favoritism, started in an intermediate court here on Wednesday.
Prosecutors allege that Imena committed nepotism and favoritism in illegally awarding a mining concession to Mwashamba Mining Company, ignoring standing concession by another firm, Nyaruguru Mining Company, in 2013.
Imena denied all charges against him and argued that the former Minister for Natural Resources Stanislas Kamanzi had already revoked Nyaruguru's concession before he took office.
In his defence, the former minister slammed the holes in prosecution evidence, arguing that some letters presented as evidence in court were dated before his appointment as minister.
Imena's lawyer denied any relationship between his client and any of the two companies in contention.
He requested the court to absolve his client of any criminal liability. The court adjourned the hearing to Dec. 7.