Rwandan Opposition Leader Jailed for 8 Years
By Jack Phillips On October 30, 2012 @ 11:49 am In Africa | 1 Comment
Rwanda has jailed opposition leader Victoire Ingabire after she was convicted of treason and received an eight-year sentence.
The court found her guilty of denying the 1994 genocide and of conspiring to commit terrorism.
“She has been sentenced to eight years for all the crimes that she was found guilty of,” said judge Alice Rulisa, according to AFP, but Rulisa said she was innocent of “calling for another genocide.”
Elaborating further, Ingabire was involved in the “crime of conspiracy in harming authorities through terrorism and war,” the judge said.
Ingabire, a former presidential candidate who lost badly to current leader Paul Kagame, did not attend the hearing and remained in jail. She has been imprisoned since October 2010.
She was accused of transferring money to the Hutu rebels group Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), and also of calling publicly for Hutu victims of the genocide to be commemorated as well Tutsis, reported Reuters.
Some 800,000 people were killed in around 100 days by the Hutu-led government, who mainly slaughtered Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
Ingabire’s lawyer Iain Edwards said that some of the evidence against her was fabricated.
“I’m not surprised, (but I am) disappointed. I firmly believe that she should have been acquitted of all of the counts on the indictment,” he said, according to Reuters.
Edwards said Ingabire would launch an appeal against her verdict on Tuesday.
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