KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
A Rwandan court on Monday began hearing a
case against a woman who showed interest in August’s
presidential election for inciting insurrection and
Rwigara, a 35-year-old businesswoman, appeared with her
mother and sister on Monday at Intermediate Court of
Nyarugenge in the capital city of Kigali and denied the
provided whatsapp audio messages retrieved from
suspects’ mobile phones which were played in court to
prove their allegations. Some 12 audio messages were
is scheduled to continue on Wednesday.
started days after court postponed four previous
sessions on being asked by the defence.
arrested on Sept. 23, according to Rwandan police. Her
mother Adeline and sister Anne were charged with
incitement and “discrimination and sectarianism.”
only female who showed interest in the presidential
elections held in August, failed to meet all the
requirements for being nominated as a candidate by
Rwanda’s National Electoral Commission (NEC).
short of the required number of signatures in all
districts in the country, according to NEC.
the Rwanda penal code, those convicted of inciting
insurrection will face punishment of 10 to 15 year
sentence on conviction while the use of counterfeited
papers can attract a jail term of 5 to 7 years.