Opposition leader prevented from leaving Rwanda

2010-03-24 10:42

A RWANDAN opposition leader facing police investigation for her

comments about the 1994 genocide has been prevented from leaving the country,

pro-government daily The New Times reported today.

Victoire Ingabire, president of FDU-Inkingi, was stopped at the

airport last night by police who want her to face questioning, the newspaper


Ingabire, a
who spent 16 years in exile, caused controversy

earlier this year when she demanded that Tutsi rebels who committed war crimes

against Hutus be brought to justice.

An estimated 800?000 Tutsis were slaughtered in 100 days during the

genocide, which ended when Tutsi rebels lead by Paul Kagame, now Rwanda’s

president, seized control.

Ingabire was attacked in February, prompting human rights groups to

call for an end to harassment of political figures. Kagame is often accused of

repressing political opponents but is the strong favourite to win presidential

elections planned for August.

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