Kigali 14 March 2013
Yesterday, the Dutch Ambassador Her Excellency Madam Leoni Margarita CUELENAERE went to visit the political prisoner Madam Victoire INGABIRE UMUHOZA, FDU-Inkingi Chairperson, in Kigali central prison. They discussed about her upcoming appeal hearing in the Supreme Court that is opening on 25 March 2013.
Madame Victoire INGABIRE is very grateful for the concern of the Dutch government towards the political space in Rwanda and the judicial process. From her maximum prison cell, she is sending her greetings to the Dutch people and their Queen, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands who recently announced her abdication in favor of her son Willem-Alexander.
In Rwanda, opposition leaders and critic journalists are serving hefty sentences in prisons on politically motivated charges: Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza was handed 8 years in prison on 30 October 2012; Mr. Deogratias Mushayidi, leader of PDP Imanzi was given a life term in 2010 while Mr. Bernard Ntaganda, leader of PS Imberakuri, is serving a 4 year sentence since 2010.