Last Friday, 24/07/2015, for the second consecutive time, the management of the central prison of Kigali, where the chair of FDU Inkingi is held in detention, refused Mr. Gatera Gashabana the permission to meet his client alleging, in the same pattern of earlier reasons, that her case was closed. Reached by telephone, the RCS spokesperson confirmed the refusal to the lawyer and ordered him to write a new application for certification, in Kinyarwanda.
Yet the prison authorities had put out exonerating statements saying that the allegations in our press release of 14 July 2015 were false.
Besides the first refusal to visit handed down to Mr. Gatera Gashabana, we had denounced the deterioration of the conditions of detention of the chair of FDU-Inkingi Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, which were exacerbated by completely painting black the windows of her detention cell to prevent any ray of light to get in.
We would like to recall that following the unjust sentence of 15 years, Mrs. Ingabire made an appeal to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the Rwandan government cannot ignore it, since it has even appointed its lawyer to the said trial and has responded to the request brought forth by her accusation.
FDU Inkingi once again denounce this hide and seek game of the authorities, which, once they are under media pressure, declare that Victoire Ingabire has access to her lawyer, which is an inalienable right, but throw out her appointed lawyer at their very first opportunity. Unfortunately, this kind of behavior is nothing but the reflection of a politicized justice, unable to rise to the level of acceptable international standards.
Done at Kigali this July 28, 2015
For FDU Inkingi
1st Vice President