Rwanda Minister of Justice has warned US congressman and women over their concern on Diane Rwigara trial citing they are interfering with Rwanda’s justice.
Several US Senators and Congressional human-rights bodies have called on the Rwandan government to drop the charges on the grounds that they are in violation of her freedom of expression, but Kigali has pushed back, urging them to respect the country’s judicial system.
Minister Busingye said Americans should let local justice do their job.
The Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye, said “courts should not be pressured by third parties.”
“I don’t control Congressmen and women, but I know what happens in Rwanda, when matters are in court, they are court matters. I want to guess that is what happens in the US, but if it is the other way round, it is a different case in Rwanda,” he told The East African
“I do not know what motivates them. If in the US Congress dictates to courts what to do and it is okay, in Rwanda it is not,” Mr Busingye added.
The remark comes on heel with criticism by top democrat lawmakers, such as Dick Durbin, the Senior Senator from Illinois, who stated on Twitter last week that he is “troubled by what appears to be highly questionable charges against Rwigara for seemingly running for office peacefully.”
Ms Rwigara, a fierce government critic, has received significant backing from American politicians much to the chagrin of Rwanda, ahead of the verdict on December 6.
She faces at least 22 years in jail if convicted of inciting insurrection against the government and forgery of electoral documents, charges brought up after she was disqualified from the presidential race in 2017.
Her mother, Adeline Rwigara, faces charges of inciting insurrection and promoting sectarianism.