Iain Edwards

All day sit-in at Rwandan Embassy in Brussels for Victoire Ingabire's appeal

KPFA Evening News, 10.27.2013

Supporters of Rwandan political prisoner Victoire Ingabire will hold an all day sit-in outside the Rwandan Embassy in Brussels on Friday, November 1st, the day that Rwanda’s Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on her appeal. Ingabire has been behind bars in Rwanda’s 1930 maximum security prison for three years, since October of 2010. She attempted to run against sitting President Paul Kagame that year, but was never allowed to register her party.  In October of 2012, she was convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison for treason and genocide denial, which means disagreeing with the official, Constitutionally codified history of the Rwandan Genocide. Her case is significant not only in Rwanda but also in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has suffered seventeen years of war and ongoing conflict in the aftermath of Rwanda's four year civil war and genocide.

Rwandan political prisoner Victoire Ingabire seated behind and between her British lawyer Iain Edwards, left, and her Rwandan lawyer, Gatera Gashabana, right.

Iain Edwards: Victoire Ingabire's trial will not end within the borders of Rwanda

 

KPFA Evening News, 10.20.2012

On Tuesday Reuters broke the news of a 44-page UN Panel of Experts report that Rwandan Defence Minister Jams Kabarebe is commanding the M23 militia in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The report also accuses Rwanda and Uganda of arming the militia and sending its own troops to help it launch a deadly attack on UN peacekeepers. Three days later, on Friday, a Rwandan court postponed the verdict in the related trial of Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire for the third time. KPFA spoke to Ingabire's British lawyer Iain Edwards.

 

Victoire Ingabire's British lawyer Iain Edwards, left, Victoire Ingabire, center, and her Rwandan lawyer Gatera Gashebana, right

 

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