Sunday 15 December 2019

41-year-old in court accused of pelting eggs at Rwandan president

Tom Tuite

A 41-YEAR-OLD man has appeared in court accused of pelting eggs at Rwandan president Paul Kagame during his visit to Dublin last month.

Papy Ekolongo, who has an address at Avondale Park, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, has been charged under Section Six of the Public Order Act following his arrest during a demonstration.

It is alleged he engaged in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace at St. Stephen's Green North, on March 23 last.

During his hearing at Dublin District Court today defence solicitor Tracey Horan told Judge Michael Coghlan that she was seeking disclosure of prosecution evidence. She said the case “involved throwing eggs at the Rwandan president”, and that she required a copy of a garda custody record or any statements taken.

Mr Ekolongo remained silent during the brief hearing today as his solicitor asked for an adjournment to allow her time to consult with him and take instructions.

Judge Walsh ordered unemployed Mr Ekolongo, who is on bail, to appear again in two weeks when he will be expected to enter a plea to the charge.

Free legal aid was granted to the accused who, on conviction, could face a fine, a three-month sentence or the possibility of both.

The Rwandan president, Mr Kagame had been in Dublin along with several international figures from government, industry and academia for a major conference to discuss making broadband more available and affordable worldwide.

He co-chaired the two-day meeting of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development which took place at the Shelbourne Hotel at St Stephen's Green.

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