Opponent of Rwandan president denies insurrection, forgery charges in court
Rwigara accuses Kagame of stifling dissent and has criticised the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front’s (RPF) tight grip on the country since it fought its way to power to end the east African nation’s genocide.
Her mother Adeline and younger sister Anne are co-defendants in the trial and say the accusations are politically motivated.
Their attorney, Pierre Celestin Buhuru, said he had not been given access to WhatsApp messages and recordings that prosecutors have presented as evidence.
The family has also asked for a return of money they said was confiscated by police during their raid in August so that they can appoint an additional lawyer.
The trial will resume on Friday.
Last month, Rwandan authorities charged another opposition official and eight others with forming an armed group and seeking to overthrow the government.
(Writing by Aaron Maasho; Editing by Mark Heinrich