Kagame’s critic Diane Rwigara acquitted
A Rwandan court in the capital, Kigali, has acquitted government critic Diane Rwigara and her mother of charges of inciting insurrection and forgery.
Ms Rwigara has been imprisoned for over a year, after being barred from running in presidential elections against the long-standing incumbent Paul Kagame.
The Rwandan politician denied the charges, which she had said were politically motivated.
A three-judge panel told a packed court all the charges were "baseless".
Ms Rwigara was barred from running in last year's election, and was later arrested on accusations of forgery and inciting insurrection.
Rwandan authorities in June auctioned off assets from the family business.
Ms Rwigara is a renowned women's activist in Rwanda and her family says their problems began with her decision to contest the presidency. Her bid was unsuccessful when she was disqualified after investigators alleged Ms Rwigara had committed an electoral offence by collecting forged signatures to endorse her candidacy.
She denied the allegation, saying that she met all the requirements to run.
Ms Rwigara was arrested with her mother, Adeline Rwigara, in September 2017 at their home in the capital, Kigali.
Her mother also faced charges of inciting insurrection.
President Kagame won the election that year with 98.63 per cent of the vote. He has been praised for bringing economic stability to the country following the 1994 genocide, in which some 800,00 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu extremists.
But human rights groups accuse him of suppressing democratic opponents and muzzling the independent media.