Ingabire's husband reacts
The husband of Victoire Ingabire, Lin Muyizere, who lives in the Netherlands with their two children was not surprised by the rejection : “Kagame is not ready to have an opposition”.
"I am not surprised by the refusal to grant her bail because several requests have already been rejected,” explains Lin Muyizere, who spoke to Radio Netherlands via telephone. According to him, there is not enough proof to prove Ingabire guilty: “The charges are very serious, but they are invented, they are based on nothing so why keep her in prison?” asks Muyizere.
On the 12 December, Rwandan president Paul Kagame confirmed during a press conference in Kampala that Rwanda had sufficient proof to condemn Victoire Ingabire thanks to documents sent from the Netherlands. But Muyizere doesn’t fear the content of the documents: "The police supplied Rwanda with 600 pages of documents which are being translated. They document details of telephone calls and transfers via Western Union, but I’m not afraid of these documents.”
For Muyizere "Victoire will be imprisoned for as long as Kagame wants and he will do everything to buy himself time and push her to one side.” But even if he is not surprised by the rejection, Muyizere is disappointed: “It will be the second time that me and my children spend Christmas without Victoire, so it’s hard.”
The Supreme Court of Kigali rejected a request on Friday to grant bail to Rwandan opposition leader, Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, because the accusations against her are too serious. These include charges of terrorism and genocide denial.
By Julian Rubavu, Kigali
On the 13 December 2011, Ingabire's lawyer, Me Gatera Gashabana, sent a request to the Supreme ourt to grant Ingabire bail over Christmas so that she could spend the holidays with her family in the Netherlands. The secretary for the Supreme Court, Nzabonimana Carcien, announced that “after a thorough examination of the request, the court rejects the request due to the gravity of the accusations against her, include terrorism charges.”
At the time of the announcement, Victoire Ingabire and her lawyers were not present at the Supreme Court to give a reaction.