Rwanda activists face 22 years in jail
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)