- Police in Rwanda recently arrested a pregnant woman on charges of attempting to overthrow President Paul Kagame
- The woman is the wife of an opposition activist exiled in the UK and had visited Rwanda for a funeral
- A court later released her, citing lack of evidence
Police in Kigali, Rwanda in East Africa recently arrested a five-month pregnant Rwandan-British woman on charges of attempting to overthrow President Paul Kagame.
Police arrested Violet Uwamahoro on February 14 after traveling to Rwanda from the UK to attend a funeral of a close family member.
Prosecutor arraigned her in court and accused her of spreading state secrets to undermine the President as well as attempting to form an armed group in Rwanda.
However, a court in Kigali released Violet yesterday, citing lack of evidence. While she has been released, Violet cannot leave Rwanda before prosecutors file a possible appeal within 30 days.
Violet, a youth aid worker, is wife to Faustin Rukundo, an activist associated with the opposition group, Rwanda National Congress. The couple is exiled in Leeds, UK.
Faustin had earlier feared that Violet would not get trial, saying: “Finding her guilty is a foregone conclusion, especially as Rwanda’s justice system is not independent, with any lawyer doing properly his job risking being disbarred.”
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