Rwanda: 2,000 prisoners including opposition figure pardoned

 2,000 prisoners in Rwanda pardoned, including a top opposition figure.

Victoire Ingabire, of the FDU-Inkingi party, has been serving a 15-year jail term for threatening state security and “belittling” the 1994 genocide. She has been a leading critic and says her trial was politically motivated.

The release of Ms. Ingabire and 2,140 other convicts was announced by the government following a cabinet meeting.

Singer Kizito Mihigo was also freed, having been jailed for 10 years in 2015.

 

Ms. Ingabire smiled as she left jail, dressed in the colors of her party. She thanked the president and said she hoped her release marked the opening of “political space” in Rwanda after green party winning the seats in the last parliamentary elections.

“There is nothing political about her release – there is nothing political about her imprisonment,” justice minister told Reuters.

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