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It’s a crime to insult Kagame, Rwanda Supreme Court rules

Rwandan President Paul Kagame answers reporter's questions during a news conference in a Frankfurt hotel, November 11, 2008. A Rwandan official wanted for questioning over the death of a former Rwandan president will be extradited from Germany to France within weeks, Berlin said on Monday. Rose Kabuye, director general of state protocol, was arrested at a Frankfurt airport on Sunday on an international warrant issued by France in 2006 for her and eight other associates of current Rwandan President Paul Kagame. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY)

The Supreme Court in Rwanda has rejected a challenge to a law which says it is a crime to insult the president.

The law, which was introduced last year, means that anyone insulting President Paul Kagame faces between five and seven years in prison, the BBC reports.

Lawyer Richard Mugisha had argued that the law was unconstitutional as it undermined freedom of expression. The court ruled that the law should remain, due to the responsibility that the office holds.

The same court ruled that a law which prohibits writing articles or drawing cartoons that humiliate MPs, ministers or other government officials should be annulled

Mr Mugisha had also argued that articles which criminalized adultery should be scrapped. The court rejected that appeal.

 

Via Daily Monitor

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