Former Rwanda presidential aspirant and key opposition figure Diane Rwigara and her family members have been arrested following a police investigation, Chimp Corps report.
Rwanda National Police (RNP), on Saturday September 23, detained Adeline Rwigara, Anne Rwigara, and Diane Rwigara over offenses against state security and forgery.
But Rwigara denies the charges, stating that her family and their businesses are being targeted, because she contested against the presidency of Paul Kagame.
However, in their ongoing investigations, police say they have uncovered credible evidence linking the trio to offenses against state security.
According to RNP spokesperson ACP Theos Badege, the decision to arrest them was in addition to the behavior of the suspects during preliminary investigations.
The family, he says, consistently refused to cooperate with the police and publicly revealing information that is, by law, supposed to be confidential.
Police officers have on previous investigations searched homes of the accused family members to get information.
According to Rwandan Criminal procedure law, investigators have the powers to detain a suspect for a maximum of five days in order to conclude investigations and decide, based on the evidence, whether or not to forward the case to prosecution.
On their recent arrests, the police spokesman said, the suspects were “informed of their rights including the right to access their legal representatives.”
It should be recalled that the case has already attracted attention of human rights groups and western diplomats who have called on Rwandan authorities to free the Rwigaras.
Authorities maintain that the “family has admitted to some of the charges.”