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Jailed Rwanda opposition figure demands retrial

Rwandan opposition figure Victoire Ingabire, seen here in 2011, was jailed last December for 15 yearsJailed Rwandan opposition figure Victoire Ingabire has filed a complaint with the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to demand a retrial, officials said Friday. Ingabire was sentenced last December to 15 years in jail for “conspiracy in harming authorities through terrorism and war” and for minimising Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, in which at least 800,000 people were killed by troops and extremists of the Hutu majority. A Hutu and a leading critic of President Paul Kagame, who took power after a Tutsi rebellion ended the 1994 genocide, she was also found guilty of spreading rumours to incite violence. According to Ingabire’s unrecognised opposition United Democratic Forces (UDF) party, the opposition figure has called on the Arusha, Tanzania-based African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to “order a revision” of her trial and to strike down Rwanda’s laws banning genocide revisionism and spreading rumours.

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