The Kigali central prison known as "1930" has finished making room for Ms. Victoire Ingabire
By Jean Bosco Gasasira
October 22, 2010
The news from Kagame’s security services also tell us that Ms. Ingabire could be subjected to serious abuses which, according to our informants, could be of the same magnitude as the ones former President Pasteur Bizimungu suffered from when he was in this same prison, known as “1930”, a prison that left him in a state of total deafness!
The other news indicate that Ms. Ingabire’s trial has already been finalized. She could appear in court as soon as early next week. The provivision of granting her a provisional release on bail as provided by the law will not apply in her case because Rwandan tribunals might have already received orders from Kagame’s secret services that they should not release her, allegedly due to the seriousness of the charges she is being accused of. Such an aspect would also strongly apply against her prior to inflicting her a life sentence in prison.
Additional news in our possession indicate that the judges have been instructed to knowingly ignore some legal aspects especially because Ms. Ingabire’s co-accused is the only witness who is supposed to testify against her. According to the Rwandan criminal law and in normal circumstances, it is not allowed that a co-defendant be also considered as a witness at the same time. However, the news currently in our possession indicate that, even though Kagame's lawyers and judges are fully aware of such a fact, they would have to ignore it, mostly owing to political pressures and firm orders received from above.
The news also indicate that such secret services, especially the military intelligence services, have been strongly instructed to find and/or fabricate other witnesses from either the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) or from Ms. Ingabire’s political party, the United Democratic Forces (FDU-INKINGI). Such witnesses could make it much easier for the prosecution to indict this politician with trumped up charges in order to show both the international community and the Rwandan people that this lady had a plot to disrupt the country’s stability, hence their green light to ill-treat her and politically eliminate her.
This article has been translated from its original version in Kinyarwanda by Mamadou Kouyate. A translated French version is also available on Democracy Human Rights Group. Only the Kinyarwanda version shall prevail.
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