Rwanda drops appeal against opposition leader Diane Rwigara

KIGALI, Jan 9, 2019 (AFP & ATB) – Rwanda’s government has withdrawn an
appeal against the acquittal of dissident politician Diane Shima Rwigara, who was tried to challenge the rule of President Kagame.

Last December, Diane Shima Rwigara was found not guilty of inciting insurrection and forgery by the Rwandan High Court.

Prosecutors had appealed the acquittal, but the justice ministry last week instructed them not to go forward with it.

Rwigara was arrested in September last year and charged with forgery and inciting insurrection for comments criticizing the government and President Paul Kagame in the run-up to the vote.

She is the daughter of Assinapol Rwigara, an industrialist who in the  1990s was a major financier to the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR) party  before falling out with its leaders.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame faces regular criticism over rights abuses in his country and intolerance of the opposition while being given credit for his economic reforms.