Trial of Rwandan opposition figure Deo Mushayidi begins in High Court
Kigali – Deo Mushayidi yesterday appeared in the High Court to answer charges that include, causing state insecurity, working with a terrorist organization, FDLR, and using false documents.
The FDLR is a group largely made up of remnants of the Ex-FAR and Interahamwe militia responsible for the 1994 Genocide.
Prosecution, represented by Bonaventure Ruberwa, also accused Mushayidi of promoting Genocide revisionism and ideology and sowing seeds of divisionism.
Mushayidi was arrested in Burundi and immediately extradited to Rwanda on March 5, 2010. Prosecution tabled several documents including email contacts between Mushayidi and the terrorist group.
Mushayidi’s former cook, Samuel Nsengiyumva, who lived with him in Karagwe, Tanzania, had earlier testified against the accused. He revealed that the latter was working with armed groups which were preparing to attack Rwanda at some point in the future.
In his defence, the accused told court that he worked with the FDLR, arguing that the idea was not to overthrow the current government military but come into power peacefully.
But he admitted that he was using false documents saying that he was carrying a Burundian passport because he never wanted to be detected. The hearing continues.