Jail time for Rwanda president’s critics

A Rwandan high court ordered the release on bail of a vocal opponent of Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Diane Rwigara and her mother had been detained since August 2017 when she campaigned against Kagame for president.

She was disqualified from the contest and arrested and charged with forgery, evading taxes and inciting insurrection.

Her mother and sister were also accused of inciting insurrection and promoting sectarianism.

Anne Rwigara, the sister, was released. However, Diane and her mother were initially refused bail allegedly because of tax evasion charges relating to their family’s tobacco company.

Diane Rwigara is the daughter of Assinapol Rwigara, who was a critic of the government shortly before his death in a car accident in 2015.

She claims the charges against her are politically motivated, and is scheduled to return to court November 7.

If convicted for insurrection, she could face up to 15 years in prison.

In September another opposition leader, Victoire Ingabire, was released from jail. He was also barred from running against Kagame in the 2017 elections and had accused the president, who has been in power since 2000, of suppressing dissent.

Sources: Africa News

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