Ingabire Trial: 2 Arrested For “Inciting Violence” geneva;”>The duo – Sylvain Sibomana and Dominique Shyirambere – were arrested on March 25 at about 9am, outside the Supreme Court in Kimihurura, Gasabo District, where Victoire Ingabire had gone to appeal against last year’s High Court ruling.

The duo headed a group of about 20 people, who were causing commotion outside the courtroom.

The Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana, cautioned anyone trying to violate the law adding that Rwanda National Police will not put up with anyone involved in such subversive activities.

“Rwanda National Police will not tolerate anyone, who wants to cause insecurity. It is not accepted and it’s against the law to hold such illegal demonstrations and gathering, which results into violence and cause insecurity,” he said.


The two men are also facing charges of assaulting security agents at work and incite negative propaganda.

It is said that the duo assaulted police officers, who tried to stop them from causing commotion and causing insecurity in the area.

Sibomana was also a wanted man following a case filed in Karongi High Court, for allegedly holding an illegal public meeting in Rutsiro District, Western Province, late last year.

According to article 685 of the penal code, “any person who holds a public meeting or demonstration on public ways without notifying the competent authority shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of eight days but less than six months and a fine of Rwf100, 000 to Rwf1 million these penalties.”

However, under the same article, “If a person holds a public meeting or demonstration on public ways despite refusal by a competent authority, that person shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of six months to one year and a fine of Rwf200, 000 to Rwf3million or one of these penalties.”

Ingabire was arrested in April 2010, shortly after her return to Rwanda following 16 years in exile. She had hoped to register FDU-Inkingi to stand in the August 2010 presidential elections.

Major Vital Uwumuremyi, Lieutenant Colonel Tharcisse Nditurende, Lieutenant Colonel Noel Habyaremye, and Captain Jean Marie Vianney Karuta who confessed to past involvement with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an armed opposition group in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) provided evidence linking Ingabire to the subversive activities.

The prosecution alleged that Ingabire worked with the co-accused men to try to form an armed opposition group, the Coalition of Defence Forces (CDF).

The co-accused said that she held meetings with them in the DRC and Republic of Congo. They also alleged that Ingabire transferred money to them by Western Union through third parties.

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