Kagame critic Diane Rwigara charged, ‘denied’ access to lawyer’

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Rwandan opposition politician Diane Rwigara has appeared in court with her mother and sister – all three were charged by prosecutors with inciting insurrection on Wednesday.They were supposed to be formally charged in the Kigali courtroom today.

But Ms Rwigara told the judge that she and her mother, Adeline Rwigara, had been forced to appear without their lawyer.
According to the Reuters news agency, she said the authorities had not told her about the hearing in time.
Her sister, Anne Rwigara, said she had been unable to find a lawyer to represent her.

The judge agreed their lawyers should be present and delayed the case until Monday.
They were taken back into detention amid heavy security.
The three have also been charged with forgery for allegedly faking Diane Rwigara’s registration papers to stand in August’s presidential election.
She was disqualified to run in the poll which was won by incumbent President Paul Kagame.
A prominent women’s activist and critic of Mr Kagame, she has said the charges against them are politically motivated.
Source: BBC

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