Rwanda’s court ruled to continue with Ingabire trial regardless boycott

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By Robert Mugabe

Kigali-Rwanda-The High Court, today ruled that it would continue with the trial of Victoire Ingabire with or without her presence.

The leader of a yet-to-be registered FDU-Inkingi party, Ingabire, had on Monday this week notified court that she would boycott her trial, citing lack of judicial independence.

She is accused of propagating ethnic hatred and “genocide revisionism” – charges she says are politically motivated.

Also Rwanda’s prosecutor General Martin Ngoga, in today press conference said that Ingabire’s court boycott would have no meaning since the defence had filled in the summary of defence file.

How can her British defence lawyer say that there is not judicial independence when he represents her in court and go represent another client in ICTR? How does Smith come to practice in Rwanda courts if our judicially is not independent?” questioned Ngoga.

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