Rwanda ac­tivists face 22 years in jail

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RWANDAN po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist Di­ane Rwigara and her mother Ade­line Mukange­m­ana face pos­si­ble 22-year prison sen­tences for, among other charges, “in­cit­ing in­sur­rec­tion”, af­ter the high-pro­file case ended on Wed­nes­day in the Ki­gali high court.

Rwigara has also been charged with the al­leged forgery of elec­toral doc­u­ments that saw her dis­qual­i­fied from the pres­i­den­tial race in 2017.

The two – fierce crit­ics of Pres­i­dent Paul Kagame – were re­leased on bail hav­ing spent over a year in jail. Rwigara, 37, said the charges were po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated.

Rwandan gov­ern­ment crit­ics as­sert that the reg­u­lar charges against other dis­si­dents too are po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated un­der Kagame’s dra­co­nian rule.

An in­quiry into the mur­der of ex­iled for­mer Rwandan head of ex­ter­nal in­tel­li­gence, Patrick Karegeya, in Joburg in 2014, will be held in South Africa in Jan­uary. | African News Agency (ANA)

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