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Rwanda court grants bail to Kagame critic, Diane Rwigara

Rwanda court grants bail to Kagame critic, Diane Rwigara

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<p>A Rwandan court has ordered the release on bail of Diane Rwigara, a female opponent of President Paul Kagame. Diane has been detained with her mother since last year when she attempted to run in presidential polls.</p> <p>The judge in delivering the verdict said the two women had to be released immediately but that they were barred from leaving the capital, Kigali, without authorization. </p> <p>In August 2017, 35-year-old Rwigara was disqualified from running against Kagame in presidential election, she was arrested and charged with forgery and inciting insurrection during her bid to run for president.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="in" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">BREAKING</span> <span class="caps">NEWS</span>: Diane Shima <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rwigara?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Rwigara</a> and Adeline Mukangemanyi Rwigara are <span class="caps">FREE</span>!</p>— Diane Shima Rwigara (@ShimaRwigara) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShimaRwigara/status/1048154418716319744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 5, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>She is also charged with evading taxes of nearly Rwf5 billion ($6 million) together with her sister Anne Rwigara and mother Adeline Rwigara who are also accused of inciting insurrection and promoting sectarianism. Her sister was subsequently released.</p> <p>They pleaded not guilty and said their arrest and detention are politically motivated. Diane and the mother were refused bail on a number of occasions held chiefly over tax evasion allegations related to the family’s tobacco company.</p> <p>The revenue authority months back closed down their company and proposed a payment plan of 12 months to renege on the decision to auction their properties.</p> <p>Anne Rwigara who is the head of the family business told the court that she is being forced to sign the payment plan which they do not agree with.</p> <p>Diane Rwigara’s father was a wealthy businessman who died in a car crash in 2015. He had fallen out with the ruling party prior to his death which the family alleges it was an assassination.</p>
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