Death of ex-Minister’s Wife Blocks Trial of ‘British Woman’

Former internal security minister Sheikh Musa Fazil Harelimana whose wife died yesterday

The Rwandan-British woman Violette Uwamahoro who was arrested in Rwanda over “serious crimes” had been scheduled to appear in court today but her case has been postponed with no new date set.

Uwimana Ziada, the wife of former internal security minister Sheikh Musa Fazil Harelimana, who died yesterday, was a state prosecutor at the Gasabo district prosecutor’s office. It is the same office which was handling the case of Violette Uwamahoro, according to details we have.

Three weeks ago, KT Press broke the story of Rwandan police holding Uwamahoro, who holds duo Rwandan-British citizenship.

The police said to KT Press: “Violette Uwamahoro was apprehended by Rwanda National Police (RNP) based on a tip off that she is involved in criminal dealings constituting serious crimes, including attempts to recruit people into a criminal network.”

“The RNP, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has informed the UK High Commission of this ongoing investigation.”

Violette Umamahoro faces prosecution in Rwanda, which has also asked the UK for information on her network

The funeral of the former minister’s wife will be held today Wednesday. No date has been set for Violette Uwamahoro court appearance.

Violette Uwamahoro, 39, is married to fellow Rwandan Faustin Rukundo. They stay in Leeds where they obtained British nationality in 2014 but have lived in the UK since 2004.

It is not clear how she ended up in Rwanda leading to her arrest by the police. British media have reported that she had come for a funeral of a relative.

While in custody, Uwamahoro has been receiving family visits and consular help from the British High Commission in Kigali.




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