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Women’s right activist in Rwanda detained over tax evasion forgery

Rwigara was a women's rights activist before she announced plans to seek Rwanda's presidency in last month's election.

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Women’s right activist in Rwanda detained over tax evasion forgery

Rwigara was a women's rights activist before she announced plans to seek Rwanda's presidency in last month's election.

25 September 2017 Monday 08:56
Women’s right activist in Rwanda detained over tax evasion forgery

By Azania Post Reporter

TAX evasion and forgery are main reasons behind Diane Rwigara arrest, the Rwandan Police force has said.

Diana, a leading critic of Rwandese President Paul Kagame was arrested yesterday for alleged offences against state security.

Reports say her mother and sister were also detained on tax evasion charges, while she is also being charged with forgery.

The three women, who were arrested on Saturday, can be held for up to five days while authorities decide whether to press charges.

"During ongoing investigations, police uncovered credible evidence linking the trio to offenses against state security," police said.

Rwigara was a women's rights activist before she announced plans to seek Rwanda's presidency in last month's election.

Two days after declaring her candidacy, nude photographs allegedly of her were leaked on social media. It was not clear who was behind the leak.

Rwanda's electoral board eventually disqualified her, saying she did not have enough signatures to support her candidacy.

Kagame later won that election with 98 percent of the vote to secure a third term.

Rwigara's brother, Aristide, told the Associated Press news agency that his sister is being persecuted for having dared to challenge Kagame in the August 4 election.

He also said the criminal allegations against the family are fabricated, insisting they have been targeted by Rwanda's government for refusing to do business with the ruling party.

"These charges are absurd. Every day, authorities in Kigali come up with something new against my family," Aristide said, speaking from the United States.

Aljazeera

Updated: 26.09.2017 10:21
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