Critic of Rwandan president to face criminal trial on Friday

by Reuters

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Diane Rwigara Photographer: Cyril Ndegeya/AFP via Getty Images

KIGALI – A critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame will appear in court on Friday charged with inciting insurrection and forgery, the prosecutor’s office said on Thursday.

Diane Shima Rwigara, a 35-year-old accountant, is the latest political opponent of Kagame to face criminal charges. She was barred from contesting the presidency in an August election he won with 98.8 percent of the vote.

She has repeatedly accused him of stifling dissent and criticized his Rwandan Patriotic Front’s tight grip on the country since it fought its way to power to end a genocide that killed more than 800,000 people in 1994.

“The Court will examine the serious grounds justifying provisional detention of the suspects,” the prosecutor’s office said on Twitter. The office noted that the other two suspects to appear in court are Rwigara’s mother Adeline and sister Anne.

The three women have been in detention for around two weeks. They were first taken from their home in the Rwandan capital on Aug. 30 on tax evasion allegations related to the family’s tobacco company. That charge was not listed in those filed on Tuesday.

Kagame has been widely praised for restoring stability in Rwanda and presiding over a rapid economic recovery after the genocide in the East African nation.

But human rights groups say he has muzzled independent media and suppressed potential democratic opponents. Some critics of the government have been imprisoned or killed.

Rwanda last month charged another opposition official and eight others with forming an armed group and seeking to overthrow the government.

“With each arrest in Rwanda, fewer and fewer people will dare to speak out against state policy or abuse,” read a Human Rights Watch in a report released last month.

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  1. Subject: “Critic of Rwandan president to face criminal trial on Friday” by Reuters,
    Oct 5, 2017

    Commentary, 15 Oct. 2017
    Poor Lady! I wrote a commentary on her on the same theme i.e. she is heading (with her Family) to the gallows of absolute Dictator of Rwanda, AFRICA. She made the greatest mistake of assuming that democracy and freedom of expression exist in Africa.

    The news that she will appear in court to “face criminal trial” is tantamount to saying that she will face the announcement of her punishment by the ghost of the Rwandan Dictatorial President, to disappear from the face of the earth for Life. In a sense, she will be a learning lesson to other Rwandan young- esters who may have a funny idea of calling for democracy and equality.

    The Absolute Dictator, President of Rwanda , His Highness, The Mighty and The Only, and Only One, Paul Kagame is the only creature to define the destiny of His Rwandan Loyal, Docile Slave- Subjects.

    The above Article concluded with a diplomatic, and yet apt, ending>>>Quote:“With each arrest in Rwanda, fewer and fewer people will dare to speak out against state policy or abuse,” read a Human Rights Watch in a report released last month.”Unquote But in TRUTH it would be inconceivable to suggest that the Life of 800,000 Rwandans would simply evaporate in vain. In fact, it would be eternally negative historical characteristic image of the BLACK AFRICAN RACE. THAT IS THE FINAL END

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