Diane Rwigara, mother Adeline released from prison

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Diane and her mother in court with lawyers

Rwanda High Court has Friday granted bail to Diane Rwigara, a prominent government critic and her mother Adeline Rwigara.

A three-judge panel ruled that the prosecution did not give credible reasons why they should be detained during their trial.

They have been in jail since September 2017.

There was comic drama as the Rwigaras hugged jubilant relatives upon being granted bail.

They were later whisked away shortly by prison guards.

According to the bail conditions, mother and daughter are not allowed to leave Kigali city. They also deposited in court all their travel documents.

A former Rwandan presidential hopeful and women’s rights activist Diane Rwigara was arrested following her presidential bid challenging President Paul Kagame.

Rwigara launched her election bid three months ahead of the August 2017 vote but was disqualified on claims that she doctored the number of signatures needed to qualify and had submitted the names of dead people.

The 37 year-old accountant was in September 2017 charged with incitement and fraud.

On September 15, Kagame once again pardoned opposition leader Victoire Ingabire and singer Kizito Mihigo who were accused of treason.

A social media campaign has been raging under the hashtag #FreeDianeRwigara and pressurising Kagame to let the only Rwandan female contender to go.

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