Rwanda

Rwigaras Not Above the Law, says Rwanda Police

Diane Rwigara

Former Rwanda presidential aspirant Diane Rwigara and her family members will have to keep reporting to police for interrogation until investigations into alleged acts of tax evasion and forgery are complete.

This was revealed by Rwanda National Police (RNP) on Wednesday, two days after law enforcement officers scaled the wall of the Rwigaras’ residence in the upscale suburb of Kiyovu, Kigali.

Police said they invoked article 48 {criminal procedure) before entering “the Rwigara residence and escorted Diane Rwigara, Anne Rwigara, and Adelide Rwigara to CID offices for questioning regarding an ongoing investigation of forgery and tax evasion, respectively.”

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Police spokesperson ACP Theos Badege said officers “obtained a warrant to legally enter the residence after the three suspects, Diane Rwigara, Anne Rwigara and Adelide Rwigara had failed to respond to multiple summons from the CID.”

The Rwigaras reacted angrily to the raid on their home, accusing security officers of harassment.

It’s alleged Diane forged signatures during the presidential nomination process in the recently concluded election.

Her family members face accusations of tax evasion spanning five years.

After questioning at the CID offices, police said suspects were escorted back to their residence in Kiyovu.

“Investigations are still ongoing and we may ask them to report to CID again,” said Badege.

“The Rwanda National Police urges everyone to adhere to the law and cooperate with law enforcement during investigations.”

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