Top opposition figure found not guilty in election case
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.