Hun­dreds are given par­don by pres­i­dent

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY CLAIRE GOR­MAN

RWANDA has par­doned more than 2,000 pris­on­ers in­clud­ing a top op­po­si­tion fig­ure, it emerged yes­ter­day.

Vic­toire Ingabire, of the Fdu-inkingi party, was serv­ing a 15-year jail term for threat­en­ing state se­cu­rity and “be­lit­tling” the 1994 geno­cide.

She said she hoped her re­lease marked the open­ing of “po­lit­i­cal space”.

She has been a lead­ing critic of Pres­i­dent Kagame and claimed her trial was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated.

Mr Kagame has won praise for re­form­ing Rwanda’s econ­omy but has also been ac­cused of hu­man rights abuses.

He won re-elec­tion for a third time last year with 98.8% of the vote, in what ob­servers said was a sham.

FREED Vic­toire Ingabire

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