Yvonne Idamange Iryamugwiza on Thursday, March 4 appeared earlier than Gasabo Major Court docket in Kibagabaga the place she was charged with six counts to which she pleaded not responsible.
Iryamugwiza who attended the listening to nearly faces six expenses together with denigrating genocide commemoration artifacts, inciting an rebellion among the many public, publication of rumors, intentional assault and battery, blocking the enforcement of presidency orders, and issuing a bounced cheque.
She was flanked by two attorneys. Two prosecutors had been within the courtroom.
In line with prosecution, by way of her YouTube channel, Iryamugwiza printed a litany of malicious rumors, together with one saying the demise of the Head of State, and known as on Rwandans countrywide to stand up and insurgent towards the established authorities.
Along with this, prosecution added, the accused mentioned that the federal government has changed Covid-19 with the genocide towards the Tutsi as a software to earn cash, which “actually signifies that the federal government makes use of genocide to earn cash, and everyone knows that it’s not the case”.
In her defence, Iryamugwiza pleaded not responsible and mentioned that her statements had been interpreted out of context by the prosecution, and that she will’t deny the genocide towards the Tutsi whereas she is a genocide survivor.
She additionally talked about that no matter she mentioned was throughout the ambits of freedom of expression that the Structure permits her.
The 42 year-old, subsequently, requested the court docket to offer her bail, including that she doesn’t plan to destroy proof.
Nevertheless, prosecution emphasised that there are nonetheless ongoing investigations in Iryamugwiza’s case, and that when given bail, she would possibly proceed to perpetuate the identical crimes by way of the identical media channels, and even escape.
The presiding choose resolved that the court docket will reconvene on March 9 at 16:00 for the bail ruling.
Iryamugwiza was arrested on February 15 after showing on her YouTube channel various instances to incite public dysfunction amongst different accusations.