9 September 2011

Rwanda: Court Hears Details of Ingabire's Charges

Kigali — Prosecution, yesterday, read the charges against Victoire Ingabire a week into the trial in which she four others are accused of forming a terrorist group, conspiracy to wage war and conduct terror activities as well as forming an armed group with the aim of destabilising the country, among other charges.

Since the hearing started on September 5, prosecution represented by Alphonse Hitiyaremye and Bonaventure Ruberwa, began by reading the charges against Lt. Colonels Tharcisse Nditurende and Noel Habiyaremye, Major Vital Uwumuremyi and Capt. Jean Marie Vianney Karuta.

Presenting evidence before the panel of High Court judges led by Alice Rulisa, prosecution said that Ingabire is, specifically, accused of: Forming an armed group with the aim of destabilising the country, complicity to acts of terrorism, conspiracy against the government by use of war and terrorism, inciting the masses to revolt against the government, genocide ideology and provoking divisionism.

Hitiyaremye told court that prosecution has evidence alleging that Ingabire on, several occasions, denied that there was a genocide against the Tutsi. She allegedly claimed that there was a double genocide..

He said that Ingabire, through various media outlets, claimed that the genocide against the Tutsi ended, but that one against the Hutu was still on going.

Prosecution also alleges that Ingabire said that there is ethnic supremacy of Tutsi over Hutu with the aim of inciting masses to revolt against the government.

The case continues next week on Monday when more evidence will be tabled before the court.

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