Rwanda opposition leader undergoing ‘psychological torture’

Rwanda opposition leader undergoing ‘psychological torture’

The main opposition party in Rwanda, FDU-Inkingi, says its leader, Victoire Ingabire, is undergoing “psychological torture” a week after she was summoned and questioned by police over a recent attack in the northern region.

Ms Ingabire, 51, has denied any links to the 8 October attack which killed 14 people in Musanze district near Volcanoes National Park, a popular tourist spot.

“I am fighting a political war but it is not a war of bullets,” Ms Ingabire told the BBC’s Great Lakes Service last week.

In a statement, FDU-Inkingi said that the police have been summoning Ms Ingabire for questioning without her lawyer, knowing that they cannot ask her any questions without her legal representative.

“It seems to be done as a psychological ploy to wear down her mental capabilities and to humiliate her,” the party said.

“We call for the end psychological torture, degrading and inhuman treatment,” the statement said.

Last week the spokesperson of the police’s investigation bureau told local media he cannot give details of the ongoing investigation on Ms Ingabire.

Since September last year, when Ms Ingabire was released from prison after a presidential pardon, she has had to report every month to the prosecutor’s office.

She had been serving a 15-year jail term for threatening state security and “belittling” the 1994 genocide.

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