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Update trial Rwandan opposition leader Eric Nshimyumuremyi


On August 2, 2012, we expected that the High Court of Nyarugenge pronounces the verdict in the politically motivated trial of Mr. Eric Nshimyumuremyi, President of the Social Party P.S. IMBERAKURI in the district of Kicukiro. Recall that Mr. Eric Nshimyumuremyi has survived an assassination attempt on September 15, 2011 in broad daylight as he was returning home after attending the trial of Ms. Victoire Ingabire, president of FDU Inkingi.

After the assassination attempt, instead of helping him, the first police officers who arrived at the scene tied him the arms on the back by the infamous technique known “akandoye” so he would succumb to his injuries. Seeing that the local population had quickly rushed to the scene, police finally evacuated him and instead of seeking medical treatment for the injured, they instead imprisoned him then prosecuted him in the following days. As is customary for political opponents, Mr. Eric Nshimyumuremyi is currently being prosecuted for imaginary crimes related to illegal possession of weapons or attack on security forces. Since the assassination attempt, Mr. Eric Nshimyumuremyi was never allowed to get treatment so that the bullet that hit him is still lodged in his chest.

Activists who had traveled en masse to the trial were surprised by the fact that the judge did not show up in the courtroom. It was only around 5:00 PM; after other prisoners had just been informed of their verdicts that Mr. Eric Nshimyumuremyi asked his fate and the clerk told him that the judge who has followed his case is not available. Therefore the verdict will be announced on September 14, 2012.Meanwhile, it should be interesting to note Mr. BAGUMYA JAMES, the CID officer in charge of monitoring the movements of Mr. Bernard Ntaganda, founding president of the Social Party P.S. IMBERAKURI in detention at Kigali Central Prison, came to the High Court between 3: 00 PM and 4:00 PM. His presence may be in relation with this untimely postponement. The act of postponing all political trials shows of a true image of the justice against political opponents of the Kigali regime.

We never ceased to show how the seed of democracy we have sown continues to grow; those who still hesitate should realize the fact and join our efforts in that legitimate struggle.



Done at Kigali on 03/08/2012


Immaculate UWIZEYE

Secretary General


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