Kizito Mihigo, a Ruwanda gospel artist found guilty in 2015 of conspiracy to murder or harm President Paul Kagame is dead authorities confirmed on Monday.
He was found dead in a police cell in the nation’s capital Kigali.
A police statement says Mihigo, 38, killed himself in his prison cell.
He found guilty of conspiracy to murder or harm Kagame and other senior government figures. He was also convicted of complicity to overthrow the government and conspiracy to form alliances with groups trying to destabilise the country.
Mihigo, described by many as Rwanda’s biggest cultural figure, had been pardoned in 2018 but was rearrested last week.
Rwanda Investigation Bureau, tweeted that the security services had handed over Mihigo. The charges against him included illegally crossing to Burundi, corruption and joining terrorist groups.
“He had been in a police cell for three days as police investigated why he was crossing the border illegally and cases of bribery,” Police spokesperson Eric Kabera said in the statement.
Mihigo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for offences including the formation of a criminal gang, conspiracy to murder, and conspiracy against the established government or the president, according to Human Rights Watch.
In 2018, he was granted a presidential pardon by Kagame.
According to the police, Mihigo had been allowed to meet family members and his lawyer,Police said Mihigo had been allowed to meet family members and his lawyer. It was not immediately known whether he had been in a solitary cell.