Top op­po­si­tion fig­ure found not guilty in elec­tion case

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KIGALI | Rwanda’s high court on Thurs­day ac­quit­ted the coun­try’s most prom­i­nent op­po­si­tion fig­ure of all charges re­lated to her elec­tion chal­lenge of Pres­i­dent Paul Kagame, as judges said the pros­e­cu­tion failed to pro­vide proof of in­sur­rec­tion and forgery.

Diane Rwigara’s case has drawn global at­ten­tion as Mr. Kagame again faces pres­sure to give more space to crit­ics in this highly con­trolled East African coun­try. Ms. Rwigara’s mother, Ade­line, 59, also was ac­quit­ted of in­cit­ing in­sur­rec­tion and pro­mot­ing sec­tar­i­an­ism.

The 37-year-old Ms. Rwigara, who had de­nounced the charges as po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated, had faced 22 years in prison if con­victed. She was ar­rested af­ter try­ing to run in last year’s elec­tion.

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