Rwanda opposition leader to face trial on Friday

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Rwandese opposition figure Diane Shima Rwigara is set to appear in court on Friday, charged with inciting insurrection and forgery, the prosecutor’s office announced on Thursday.

The 35-year-old accountant was barred from running in the August presidential election, with the electoral authority saying she had not submitted enough signatures to be allowed to contest.

It also accused her of forging some signatures, saying some names belonged to people who had died.

President Paul Kagame won that vote with 98.8 percent, earning him a third term in office.

Diane’s mother and sister have also been charged with with incitement and “discrimination and sectarianism.”

Her brother who lives in the U.S. has accused the Rwandan government of punishing the family for her attempt to run against Kagame.

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