(English) RWANDA: INGABIRE TRIAL: NEW BAIL REFUSED AMID FRESH PRESIDENTIAL INTERFERENCES

Today the High Court declined the new bail motion submitted by Madame Victoire Ingabire Defence counsel on 14.12.2011 before the adjournment of the case to 16th January 2012.

The motion was based on the lack of serious evidence in the case; the contradictions and inconsistencies of the prosecution and his witnesses; the fact that the prosecution is still not ready with its investigations and finally the grounds offered by the article 101of law n° 13/2004 of 17/5/2004 relating to the code of criminal procedure, o.g special nº of 30/07/2004 reading as follows : “in all offences, an accused person or his or her counsel can at any time apply for ball to the public prosecutor charged with the preparation of the case or to a Judge or Magistrate depending on the stage of investigation”.

The defendant was told that she is prosecuted for grave crimes and that the High court has not yet received the whole evidence on acts of terrorism as the Public Prosecution Authority is still working on it.