Rwanda files charges against Diane Rwigara

by AFP

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Diane Rwigara Photographer: Cyril Ndegeya/AFP via Getty Images

KIGALI – Police have charged Rwandan opposition leader Diane Rwigara, who was detained at the weekend along with her mother and sister, with “offenses to state security and forgery,” according to a statement issued Monday.

Rwigara, who was blocked from challenging President Paul Kagame in August elections, is one of several opposition figures arrested earlier this month.

Police said the three women were detained Saturday, having already been held and released earlier in September on suspicions of tax evasion.

“During ongoing investigations, police uncovered credible evidence linking the trio to offenses against state security,” a spokesman said in the statement. It also cited a “refusal to cooperate” and the public disclosure of confidential information, without providing further details.

In an interview the day before her arrest, Rwigara said she was the victim of political persecution.

“I am being punished for standing against oppression and speaking my mind. My family is suffering because of this; otherwise it would be an amazing coincidence that such charges are coming up after I decided to speak out,” she said.

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.

Diane Rwigara later distanced herself from the FPR after her father’s death in a car accident in 2015, which she has claimed was an “assassination”.

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

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  1. Subject: “Rwanda files charges against Diane Rwigara”, by AFP, Sep 26, 2017

    Commentary, 26 Sept 2017
    QUOTE: “The refusal to allow her to run against Kagame, who won the August 4 election with 99 percent of the vote, on claims of procedural irregularities was widely criticised by Western governments and rights groups.” UNQUOTE

    1st . The criticism of “Western government” is NOTHING more than self-serving commentary. Western Countries are, after all, the foundation of treachery and brute colonialism which caused AFRICA to be where it is today. Western Countries have cause more damage upon Africa than any cause under the sun. Period. Western countries have absolutely no moral ground to engage in the debate of construction of Africa.

    2nd. As to the ‘democratic’ treatment for the accused (i.e. Diane Rwigara) it is fare to say that in a country where “99 percent of the vote” goes to one person who has been in power since RWANDA came to being a local colony of a Dictator that the so-called ’accused’ would ever get a fair treatment.
    Unless the miracle that has happened in Kenya also happens in Rwanda.

    From evidence of the past — in the Rwandan environment under very sleek and extraordinarily shrewd, world-renown, Master, the possibility that the ‘accused’ will get a fair treatment is ONE in A HUNDRED (1%) – putting it generously. Ms. Diane Rwigara was doomed from the start. What we see is just A MASTER ACT of cruelty. THE END
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    p.s. The French [for their own motive] seem to be itching to reveal so many secretes of scratching each others backs in the recent past in the Rwandan Massacre of 800,000 innocent Rwandans.

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