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Rwandan police arrest presidential hopeful

Rwandan police arrested a prospective presidential candidate, Bernard Ntaganda, on Thursday, and searched his compound on suspicion of ethnic divisionism and attempted murder.

Police spokesman Eric Kayiranga said opposition presidential hopeful Bernard Ntaganda had been taken in for questioning.
“The charges are divisionism based on ethnicity, gathering people without permission, creating groups of people that are suspected of being criminals and attempted murder,” police spokesman Eric Kayiranga said.

Ntaganda is also suspected of being behind a plot to murder Christine Mukabunani, the leader of a splinter group in his PS Imberakuri party, earlier this year, said Kayiranga. “He has not been charged yet, we will continue working on it. We are still collecting evidence,” he added.

Police also rounded up opposition protesters as President Paul Kagame formally filed his papers at the National Election Commission.on Thursday for his candidacy for re-election.
Witnesses saw several Ingabire supporters arrested at the Justice Ministry as they unfurled party banners. “I think more than 100 were arrested,” said Ingabire, who is facing trial on charges of genocide denial and belonging to a terrorist organisation.

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June 25, 2010   2 Comments