Rwanda’s high opposition figure released from prison


Rwanda Government has decided to grant an early release of high opposition figure, Ingabire Victoire Umuhoza who was sentenced 15 years of imprisonment in 2013.

According to the statement dated September 14th 2018, the decision was taken by the Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame.

“The Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame today approved the early release of 2,140 convicts found eligible under relevant provisions of law. Among them are Mr Kizito Mihigo and Ms Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza” the part of the statement reads

“The remainder of whose sentences were commuted by Presidential prerogative following their most recent applications for clemency in June this year” it adds

The decision was made in accordance with the articles 245 and 246 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Law No. 30/2013 of 24/5/2013) provide for the release on parole of a convict who has served at least one-third of a sentence of less than 5 years, or two-thirds of a sentence greater than 5 years (or at least 20 years in the case of a life sentence), provided at least one of the following conditions is met:

He or she sufficiently demonstrates good behaviour and gives serious pledges of social rehabilitation;

He or she suffers from serious and incurable disease approved by a medical committee composed of at least three recognised doctors.

Further, article 109 of the Constitution of Rwanda states: “The President of the Republic has the authority to exercise the prerogative of mercy in accordance with the procedures provided for by law and after consultation with the Supreme Court.”

Ms  Victoire Umuhoza is the founder of not yet registered FDU-Inkingi party-an opposition party. She was sentenced by 15 years in 2013 by the Supreme Court over the crimes of denying 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, threatening national security.

Also the statement announces the release of a well known singer, Mihigo Kizito who while was sentenced 10 years in 2015 by the High Court. Mihigo was accused of conspiracy with Rwandan dissidents.

The statement grants an early release of about other  2,138  prisoners.



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