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Mother of Rwandan president's challenger tells court of torture

From Reuters - October 13, 2017

KIGALI (Reuters) - The mother and sister of a prominent critic of Rwandas president said on Friday all three of them had been tortured and deprived of food as they were held in jail on charges of forgery and inciting insurrection.

Adeline Rwigara told a court she and her daughters were handcuffed day and night.

She is being held alongside her daughter Diane Shima Rwigara, a 35-year-old accountant who tried to stand against President Paul Kagame in August elections.

Diane Rwigara, who is accused of faking the registration papers for the election, was eventually barred from running and Kagame went on to win with 98.8 percent of the vote.

She has repeatedly accused Kagame of stifling dissent and criticized his Rwandan Patriotic Fronts tight grip on the country since it fought its way to power to end Rwandas 1994 genocide.

Kagame has repeatedly denied cracking down on dissent. Justice minister Johnston Busingye on Friday declined to comment of the torture allegations, saying they were a matter for the court.

HANDCUFFED

Since August 29, I and my children were tortured, Adeline told the panel of three judges.

We were handcuffed day and night, without eating or drinking, Adeline said, adding they had once gone without food and medication for a week.

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