His lawyer says he killed the animal accidentally with a stick when he tried to chase 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 told the BBC.
The lawyer said he had appealed against such a “harsh sentence”.
Musengimana has been in detention since February when he killed the pig.
Pigs are considered unclean by Muslims.
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