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Rwandan politician on terror charge

A top Rwandan opposition figure has appeared in court accused of trying to recruit fighters to destabilise the country.

The trial of Victoire Ingabire is seen by foreign observers as a litmus test for political expression in a nation still struggling to come to terms with the 1994 genocide.

Ingabire is accused of genocide ideology, revisionism and backing terrorist groups.

She has yet to enter a plea. Her four co-accused - former members of a brutal rebel group based in the Congo - are pleading guilty.

Prosecutors claim Ingabire - who claims the charges are politically motivated - offered the group money to form a new militia

She faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

The case has highlighted divisions within the country over whether politicians can discuss the 1994 genocide without provoking more violence.


From Belfast Telegraph