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13th February 2012 – Ingabire’s political trial postponed again for a month

Kigali, 13 February 2012

Today, the opposition leader and chair of FDU-INKINGI Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza was taken to the high court. The hearing will resume on 12th March 2012 after the defense counsel peruses the new indictment on acts of terrorism submitted just end of last week by the national public prosecution authority on grounds of evidential material from the Netherlands. The new indictment is in Kinyarwanda and needs to be translated into languages understood by her defense team.

The prosecutor has introduced a controversial evidence from a witness who allegedly has collaborated with the key defendant in contacts with people based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But the same time, the very witness has told a Dutch investigating team that the government of Rwanda tried to kill her husband in South Africa after he declined a spy contract for their external intelligence network.

Last week on 07 February 2012, a Dutch envoy, adviser on Rwandan policy, held a business meeting with the FDU-INKINGI interim executive committee in Kigali. The delegation was briefed on the political trials against Ms. Victoire Ingabire and other key opposition leaders; the shortcomings of the Rwandan judicial system; interferences of governmental officials and the lack of political space in Rwanda.