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Leading Rwandan critic charged with inciting insurrection against the state

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Leading Rwandan critic charged with inciting insurrection against the state

One of the leading critics of the Rwandan government, Diane Shima Rwigara has been charged by a local court with inciting insurrection against the state and forgery.

According to the public prosecutor’s spokesman, the critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame who has been barred from challenging him in elections in August will now appear in court to answer for charges levelled against her.

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Rwigara’s mother Adeline and her sister Anne have also been charged with incitement and “discrimination and sectarianism”, Faustin Nkusi told Reuters, without giving details. He said the cases were filed in court on Tuesday and awaited a trial date.

The refusal to allow her to run against Kagame, who won the August 4 election with 99 per cent of the vote, on claims of procedural irregularities was widely criticised by Western governments and rights groups.

Rwigara is the daughter of Assinapol Rwigara, an entrepreneur who made a fortune in industry and real estate, and a main backer of Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR) during its efforts to topple the Hutu extremist regime in 1994, ending the Rwandan genocide.

 

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