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Rwandan Court Finally Grants Bail to President Kagame Critic, Diane Rwigara

A Rwandan court has ordered the release on bail of Diane Rwigara, a female opponent of President Paul Kagame. Diane has been detained with her mother since last year when she attempted to run in presidential polls.

The judge in delivering the verdict said the two women had to be released immediately but that they were barred from leaving the capital, Kigali, without authorization.


We earlier reported that a certain Rwandan court had suspended Diane Rwigara’s Trial indefinitely

Read excerpt below:

A Rwandan High Court has suspended the trial of former presidential aspirant Diane Rwigara and her mother Adeline Rwigara.

The Rwigaras’ case was due to be heard in court today after spending a year behind bars over alleged insurrection. However, the lawyers of the Rwigaras applied for the removal of one of the judges on claims of her involvement in the pre-trial detention hearing, RwandaToday reports.


The court granted the request of the defense attorneys who argued that according to the law, a judge who participated in a pre-trial hearing cannot be part of the bail application hearing at any level.

Following the verdict, Diane and Adeline were ordered to be taken back to prison.



Written by How Africa

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