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Rwanda’s opposition Leader Ingabire arrested as police lays siege on house

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By Robert Mugabe and agencies

Kigali: Police detectives are at the house of opposition politician Ingabire Victoire, as news comes through suggesting she has already been charged in a Gasabo Intermediate court on general sheet of three counts.
Ms. Ingabire was arrested at 9am, taken to Kicukiro Police station and immediately paraded in court to hear the charge sheet. An impromptu court session heard from a prosecutor that Ms. Ingabire was promoting divisionism, negating the Tutsi Genocide and supporting the FDLR rebels in eastern DR Congo.

The opposition politician, whose party is yet-to-be registered, also immediately filed an application for bail which her lawyer Protais Mutembe said is her constitutional right, according to sources. Court will convene Thursday to rule on whether she can be granted bail.

Meanwhile, at her home in Kinyinya – a suburb of Kigali, about five police officers are keeping an eye on any activity at the building. There are about five, a woman in the house told RNA, adding that she saw two officers with guns.

The three people in the house were refused from leaving the compound by the officers, but did not give any reasons. The police detectives are apparently outside the fence and have not entered the house since mid-day.

Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga confirmed to the media that Ms. Ingabire was in police custody and was facing charges of Genocide ideology, divisionism and cooperating with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda. The group’s members are blamed in Kigali for slaughtering Tutsis and fleeing to Congo.

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