Hundreds are given pardon by president
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