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Kigali High Court hearing over bail denial of FDU-Inkingi activist Martin Ntavuka

The Kigali High Court started on Monday the hearing of bail denial for Mr. Martin NTAVUKA, an FDU INKINGI Kigali local leader, incarcerated since 24 July 2010.

In their motions to revoke the remand order and to grant an immediate release, the defendant and his lawyer Mr. Theogene MUHAYEYEZU insisted that the defendant should be released from prison because the charge of organizing illegal protest is politically motivated, and for the fact that the defendant was not demonstrating when he was arrested.

Mr. Martin NTAVUKA was arrested when Police found in the vehicle in which he was, a dozen t-shirts with the text  “WE NEED DEMOCRACY AND FAIR JUSTICE”. On the other side, evidences clearly show that Mr. Martin NTAVUKA is not a risk and does not pose any threat to the Rwandan community.

The prosecutor then confirmed that the government considers all militants of FDU INKINGI and PS IMBERAKURI (opposition parties) as a security threat because their plan is to topple the current government.

The verdict is expected on 01 October 2010.


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