Rwigara happy with drop­ping of ap­peal; to con­tinue fight

The East African - - NEWS -

Govern­ment critic Diane Rwigara is off the hook after the Min­istry of Jus­tice in­structed the pros­e­cut­ing au­thor­ity to drop their ap­peal against her ac­quit­tal.

Rwigara wel­comed the de­ci­sion by the Min­istry of Jus­tice, not­ing that she will “con­tinue to fight for free­dom of ex­pres­sion and hu­man rights in Rwanda.”

Rwigara, a for­mer pres­i­den­tial as­pi­rant, was charged with in­cit­ing in­sur­rec­tion and forg­ing sig­na­tures that were re­quired for her to win a place on the pres­i­den­tial bal­lot.

Her mother was charged with in­cit­ing in­sur­rec­tion and pro­mot­ing sec­tar­i­an­ism.

They were ar­rested in Septem­ber 2017 and spent over a year in jail be­fore be­ing re­leased on bail in Oc­to­ber last year, and even­tu­ally de­clared not guilty on De­cem­ber 6.

The Na­tional Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion Au­thor­ity (NPPA) there­after filed an ap­peal at the Court of Ap­peal on De­cem­ber 27.

But on De­cem­ber 31, the prose­cu­tors re­ceived a let­ter from the Min­istry of Jus­tice, in­struct­ing them to with­draw the ap­peal.

“We got an in­junc­tion from the Min­istry of Jus­tice and At­tor­ney Gen­eral to with­draw our ap­peal,” Faustin Nkusi, spokesper­son of NPPA, told The Eastafrican.

Jus­tice Min­is­ter John­ston Bus­ingye as quoted say­ing the court’s de­ci­sion was “enough in the cir­cum­stances.”

Pic­ture: File

Diane Rwigara and her lawyer.

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