Lawyers reject separate hearings for Rwigaras

On 14 October 2017 at 02:25

Nyarugenge Intermediate Court yesterday resumed pre-trial hearing of Diane Shimimana Rwigara, Anne Uwamahoro Rwigara and their mother Adeline Mukangemanyi Rwigara’s case where the trio are accused of inciting insurrection.

Before entering the grounds of the court, every person was obliged to present his/her identification (ID or passport) as well as getting registered by security agents.

Also in attendance was the new defense lawyer, Gatera Gashabana defending Adeline Mukangemanyi as she requested in the previous hearing and Pierre Celestin Buhuru defending Diane Rwigara and Anne Rwigara.

Gashabana said that he received confirmation to defend Mukangemanyi yesterday (Thursday) 4:00pm. He said that he met his client but the only document she had was arrest warrants.

Gashabana requested to be given some time to read the dossier.

He said that he discussed nothing with the client.

Prosecution said that it is unusual to adjourn pre-trial hearing four times, so far taking 10 days contrary to the laws determining 72 hours to have decided on pre-trial hearing since the prosecution submitted the case to court.

Prosecution requested the court not to adjourn hearing over defense reasons as all defendants were read their allegations with the presence of the lawyer, Buhuru.

“Isn’t this postponement contradicting ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ principle?,” prosecution questioned.

Prosecution called to separate hearing of Anne Rwigara and Diane Rwigara represented by Buhuru as lawyer Gashabana goes ahead with reading Adeline’s case file.

Defense lawyers however rejected the call for separate hearing describing it, as contradictions in the trial

Anne Rwigara requested court to give them access to their case file, allow them visitors, be given 30 minutes out of the cells and give them back their Bibles.

The presiding judge adjourned the hearing to Monday 16th October, 2017

Lawyer Buhuru speaks to People who attended the hearing
Diane Rwigara
Anne Rwigara
Adeline Mukangemanyi Rwigara
Police register every person who attended the hearing