Rwanda: Court refuses bail for opposition politician Deo Mushayidi
Kigali: Opposition politician Deogratias Mushayidi, head of the PDP-Imanzi party of exiled politicians, cannot be granted bail, court ruled on Monday – backing the prosecution’s argument that he would temper with crucial evidence and witnesses if released.
The Nyarugenge Intermediate Court ruled that Mr. Mushayidi stay in jail for the 30 days which were requested by prosecution as investigations continue.
Mr Mushayidi was arrested in Tanzania early March and was handed to Burundian authorities which hurriedly extradited him to Kigali within three days.
He is charged with six counts including terrorism, negating the Tutsi Genocide and using forged documents.
Last week, defense attorney Protais Mutembe made a new application for bail.
Despite pleas by the defense for bail to allow Mr. Mushayidi prepare his defense, the Nyarugenge Intermediate Court dismissed all the arguments – saying also that Mushayidi’s past record was ground enough to be denied bail. He is said to have fled the country in 2002 as other unknown charges were being worked out.
The smiling and calm-looking Mushayidi – dressed in the prisons pink clothing – and his lawyers responded in disbelief as the judge ruled.
He was immediately driven back to the Kigali maximum security prison known as “1930”.