Dutch ambassador visits Rwandan activist

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The Dutch ambassador to Rwanda Frans Makken visited opposition leader Victoire Ingabire United Democratic Forces in jail on Friday.

Ambassador Makken was accompanying a Dutch delegation of ten officials of Dutch NGO Eenheid is Kracht Unity is Strength. During the visit, which lasted 30 minutes, the delegation talked about the conditions of Ms Ingabire’s imprisonment, about the legal proceedings brought against her and the Dutch support to Rwanda.

Ms Ingabire complained about the lack of objectivity of the judicial authorities, the constant interference of the Rwandan government and the impossibility of an impartial trial.

After the visit, the Dutch embassy called Rwandan Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama to discuss technical aspects of the case. The embassy said that Ms Ingabire, who lived in the Netherlands for 16 years, was in good health.

The 43-year-old was arrested last year after she returned to her country of origin and is being held in a Kigali prison. She is accused of conspiring with a terrorist group and denying the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

In 2011, the Rwandan judicial authorities received 4.8 million euros in support from the Netherlands.



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