Rwanda’s High Court sentences Opposition Leader Bernard Ntaganda of the PS-Imberakuri to four years in prison
Rwanda jails opposition leader, fines 3 others
Kigali – Rwanda’s High Court has sentenced an opposition leader to four years in prison.
Bernard Ntaganda of the PS-Imberakuri was sentenced Friday for endangering national security, attempting to organize unauthorized protests and inciting ethnic divisions.
Three members of another opposition party, FDU-Inkingi, were fined.
Human Rights Watch says the sentences are a blow to freedom of expression and democracy, and that Ntaganda has criticized the government but not called for violence.
The sentences come a week after two female journalists were jailed for publicly criticizing the government in an article.
Rwanda’s National Public Prosecuting Authority issued a statement welcoming Friday’s sentences.