Ac­tivist ac­quit­ted of ‘in­sur­rec­tion’

Saturday Star - - WORLD -

The smug­gling net­works were bro­ken up with help of the US Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment agency, the po­lice said.

The net­works re­cruit un­em­ployed and poor young peo­ple to travel to Mex­ico and then in­gest be­tween 80 and 120 cap­sules of money be­fore re­turn­ing to Colom­bia, said Gen­eral Jorge Her­nando Ni­eto, the head of the na­tional po­lice.

“With each in­ges­tion they could bring in up to $40 000. There’s even a case where on trav­eller brought in $75 000,” he added. “The con­fis­cated money in this in­ves­ti­ga­tion reaches $11 mil­lion.” | A RWAN­DAN court has ac­quit­ted op­po­si­tion fig­ure and ac­tivist Diane Rwigara of all charges against.

“I knew all along that I was in­no­cent and the charges were fab­ri­cated,” Rwigara, 37, said af­ter the rul­ing in the cap­i­tal Kigali.

The Us-ed­u­cated ac­tivist faced a pos­si­ble 22-year sen­tence for in­cit­ing in­sur­rec­tion against the gov­ern­ment and al­legedly forg­ing sig­na­tures of sup­port in or­der to run for pres­i­dent. |

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