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Rwanda opposition leader released on bail

A Rwandan Court has released on bail the country's opposition leader, Victoire Ingabire on Thursday afternoon. She is forbidden to leave the capital Kigali and should report to the Gasabo Intermediate Court every Monday.

 
Mrs Ingabire was apparently relieved upon hearing the Court's decision. She has refused to give any comments but it was reported that there might be a press conference tonight.
 
"The prosecutor looked very disappointed with the decision because he wanted Ingabire to remain in prison." The New Times senior reporter Edmund Kagire, present at the Court, told Radio Netherlands Worldwide.
 
The leader of the unregistered United Democratic Forces was arrested on Wednesday. The Gasabo Intermediate Court charged Ingabire, who heads one of the country's emerging opposition parties yet to register for August elections, with crimes linked to genocide.

Rights groups criticise Rwanda for planning August elections without a meaningful opposition to President Paul Kagame's ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF).

The emerging opposition groups say they face harassment, intimidation and legal and administrative barriers to registration, adding they may form one bloc to oppose the RPF.

Ingabire's party, together with the Social Party Imberakuri (PS-Imberakuri) and the unregistered Democratic Green Party (DGP), said in February they had formed a forum to discuss common problems.

Ingabire's arrest came shortly after two senior military officers were suspended and arrested for corruption.

The Rwanda Defence Forces spokesperson, Major Jill Rutaremara, said Lieutenant General Charles Muhire, and the former joint Deputy Force Commander for the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur, Major General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, were arrested on Monday.

"Lt. Gen. Muhire was suspended due to serious charges of corruption and misuse of office while Maj. Gen. Karenzi Karake was suspended on serious charges of immoral conduct that contravenes and undermines the values and ethos of the Rwanda Defence Force," Rutaremara said.

"This action was taken in order to enforce discipline, moral conduct and accountability in the Rwanda Defence Force."