Critic of Rwandan president cleared of insurrection and forgery

Diane Shima Rwigara, a prominent critic of Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame, is escorted by police officers into a courtroom in Kigali, Rwanda, November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Jean Bizimana

KIGALI (Reuters) – Rwanda’s high court on Thursday acquitted Diane Rwigara, a critic of veteran president Paul Kagame, of charges that included inciting insurrection and forgery of documents.

“Court rules that Diane Rwigara is innocent,” judge Xavier Ndahayo, one of a panel of three judges, told a packed courtroom in the capital Kigali.

Rwigara’s mother was also acquitted alongside her daughter of charges of inciting insurrection and discrimination.

Reporting by Clement Uwiringiyimana; writing by Elias Biryabarema; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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