Rwandan prosecutors called for a life sentence Wednesday for opposition leader Victoire Ingabire, on charges including complicity in a terrorist group and denying the 1994 genocide.
"We request a life sentence for Victoire Ingabire," Deputy Prosecutor General Alphonse Hitiyaremye said at the conclusion of her more than seven-month long trial in the capital Kigali.
Hitiyaremye also asked for 10 years for each of Ingabire's four co-accused.
Judges are due to give their verdict on June 29.
Ingabire, who was not in court, is charged with "giving financial support to a terrorist group, planning to cause state insecurity and divisionism." She denies the charges.
Last week she said she would boycott her trial after the court cut short a witness who accused Rwandan authorities of rigging evidence against her.
The witness, a former spokesman of the Hutu rebel group the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), said Rwandan intelligence services had offered money to rebels to make false claims over Ingabire's ties with the group.
Ingabire's British lawyer Iain Edwards said he and his Rwandan colleague "are still very much in contact with her."
"We await with interest the verdict in this case and look forward to starting the inevitable appeal process," Edwards told AFP Wednesday.
"That process will not end within the borders of the Republic of Rwanda. Victoire is ready for that process and looks to the future with courage, patience and a strong conviction that the truth will eventually be known."
Rwandan prosecutors claim to have evidence of Ingabire's "terrorist" activities, including proof of financial transfers to the FDLR, a Hutu rebel movement based in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
"We have evidence proving her crimes," said Alain Mukurarinda, a member of the prosecution team.
"We found documents in her house in the Netherlands clearly stating she was attempting to form an armed group aimed at committing terror attacks in Rwanda."
The politician, an outspoken critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, has been in custody since her arrest in October 2010.
Ingabire's Unified Democratic Forces, refused accreditation as a political party in Rwanda, accuses Rwandan authorities of fabricating evidence against its leader with the sole aim of preventing her from participating in the political life of the small central African country.
Ingabire, a Hutu, returned to the country in January 2010 and called for the trial of those responsible for the deaths of Hutus in the massacre.
Those remarks, according to the government, amounted to denying the genocide.
Some 800,000 people, for the most part Tutsis but also including moderate Hutus, were murdered in the 100-day killing spree.