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Court Suspends Diane Rwigara’s Trial Indefinitely



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.

Photo Credit: @rwandatoday


  1. Dayo

    September 25, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Africa! Even the supposedly ‘enlightened’ leadership of Paul Kagame jails opposition leaders…SMH

  2. Lol

    September 25, 2018 at 7:57 am

    This is bizarre, inhumane and self defeating. African leaders or is it people and thdir tiny egos. We have rich beautiful cultures but quite a bit of it needs to be sequestered. Stagnation galore and self abuse.

  3. BzKneez

    September 25, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Paul Kagame is a dictator in disguise…. He’ll encourage and allow innovative ideas but crushing any opposition. I have not been fooled by his ‘enlightened’ leadership. In fact, I fear what he might do…

  4. Engoz

    September 25, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    I don’t know why the African leader does not understand the concept of human right, freedom of speech, freedom to oppose and critique a sitting government. Even if the African leader does anything progressive or innovative, it is heavily discredited with the stench of human rights and citizen rights abuse. Like Ghadaffi, like Kagame.. both visionary but with very low emotional intelligence quotient and failure to understand the concept of human and citizens rights. El Rufia in our backyard comes to mind. Of course we need leaders who can make drastic important changes, but you must have the necessary emotional intelligence to bring your ideas to fruition.

    Secondly, this will be a lesson to all those touting Rwanda as ‘progressive’ cos they have over 60% female representation. I have always maintained populating government with women does not mean it will translate or change cultural mindsets.

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