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Kagame rival arrested in Rwanda

Victoire Ingabire (Photo from UDF website: www.fdu-rwanda.org/)
Victoire Ingabire says she has been harassed since her return from exile

A Rwandan opposition leader has been arrested on charges that include collaborating with a terrorist organisation and denying the genocide.

Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza was to challenge President Paul Kagame in August's election.

However, a police spokesman said she had committed serious crimes.

She has previously said she had been harassed since returning from exile in January. One of her aides was jailed last month.

Her party, the Unified Democratic Forces, called her arrest unlawful and demanded her immediate release.

The BBC's Geoffrey Mutagoma in the capital, Kigali, said Ms Ingabire's home had been surrounded by armed security forces.

The US-based Human Rights Watch says Rwanda's government is attacking and intimidating its critics in the run-up to August's presidential election.

But President Paul Kagame has said in the past he respects people's rights but will not tolerate anyone undermining peace and stability.



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