style[amp-boilerplate] Violette Uwamahoro: Rwandacourt releases UK woman

Violette Uwamahoro: Rwandacourt releases UK woman

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A Rwandan court has released a pregnant woman from the United Kingdom

who was accused of involvement in a plot against Rwanda's government.

Violette Uwamahoro appeared last week in court in Rwanda's capital

Kigali, charged with spreading state secrets.

A judge said there was no evidence to warrant the detention of the

expectant mother and released her on bail.

Mrs Uwamahoro, from Leeds, was arrested in February after going to

Rwanda for a family funeral.

The prosecution has a window of five days to appeal against the

court's decision, Mrs Uwamahoro's lawyer Antoinette Mukamusoni told

the BBC.

She was immediately freed after the court's ruling but she is not

allowed to leave the country, pending the appeal.

Beyond the issue of bail settled on Monday, prosecutors must prove

their case against Mrs Uwamahoro within 30 days or all charges will be

dismissed, Mrs Mukamusoni said.

The arrest of the Leeds youth worker had caused an uproar among rights

groups with Amnesty International saying she was illegally held

without access to lawyers or her family.

Her husband, Faustin Rukundo, an opposition activist, feared she would

be denied a fair trial.

He had appealed for the intervention of the British government to

secure her release.

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