Print Edition - 2018-09-16  |  World News Digest

Rwandan frees opposition leader


Sep 16, 2018-

Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire was unexpectedly freed from jail on Saturday after President Paul Kagame granted her early release, alongside more than 2,000 other prisoners. “I thank the president who gave me this liberation,” Ingabire said as she left Mageragere Prison in the capital Kigali. “This is the beginning of the opening of political space in Rwanda, I hope so,” she said calling on Kagame “to release other political prisoners”. The surprise release of 2,140 prisoners, including Ingabire and musician Kizito Mihigo, followed a cabinet meeting on Friday at which a presidential order of “mercy” was approved. “The Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul 

Kagame today approved the early release of 2,140 convicts found eligible under relevant provisions of law,” a justice minister 

statement read. (Agencies)

Published: 16-09-2018 09:13

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