Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rwanda: The verdict of political prisoner Madam Victoire Ingabire postponed again

By Sixbert Musangamfura
External Relations Commissioner

Helsinki, 31 October 2013

Proceedings in the ongoing trial of opposition leader Madam Victoire Ingabire, who was arrested three years ago and charged with politically motivated counts, has been postponed to 13 December 2013, when the Supreme Court will announce the final verdict. The verdict was due tomorrow, 01 November 2013 but again it was adjourned at the 25th hour.

Another key leader of the FDU-Inkingi, Mr. Sylvain Sibomana, the interim Secretary General, is still in prison since his arrest within the premises of the Supreme Court on the 25th of March 2013. He has been tortured. He lost at least one tooth, which was destroyed, shattered and splintered into the jaw.

We call upon the key partners of Rwanda, i.e. China, US, EU, UK, Germany and the Netherlands to urge President Paul Kagame to immediately release these and other political prisoners including Mr. Bernard Ntaganda (PS-Imberakuri), Mr. Deogratias Mushayidi (PDP-Imanzi), Dr. Theoneste Niyitegeka (Presidential Candidate in 2003) being held in his jails and to undertake measures to improve human rights conditions in Rwanda.

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