A court in Rwanda has convicted a Muslim cleric to five years in confinement for butchering a pig in a mosque.
Three onlookers informed the court that they witnesses the imam, Sadate Musengimana, whipping the pig with a lump of wood, butchering it then and there.
His legal adviser asserts he butchered the animal unintentionally with a cane when he attempted to drive it away from the mosque in the Kayonzo district in the east of the country in February.
"When children shouted out about seeing a pig at the mosque, he stepped out to chase it away with a stick. He beat it and it died, but he had no intention to kill," his lawyer Yusuf Nsengiyumva informed the BBC.
The legal adviser said he had written a formal request to the court to change its decision against such a “harsh sentence”.
Musengimana has been in incarceration since February when he butchered the pig.