President of Rwanda Paul Kagame has defended his country’s justice system despite criticisms that his political opponents barely get fair court hearings.
Mr. Kagame’s political opponents are often prosecuted and jailed. Most victims of such a process say they are not given a fair trail.
Rwanda’s state prosecutors last week pushed for a 22-year jail term for activist Diane Shima Rwigara and her mother Adeline Mukangemana.
Diane and her mother are facing charges of attempt to foment insurrection against the government.
Rwigara and her mother were freed on bail after spending a year in prison. They are both also facing charges of forgery, which they have denied.
President Kagame who was responding to several criticisms of unfair justice system told the AFP that “Our justice works freely, everybody should know that.”
Kagame told AFP on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum conference that all persons subjected to Rwanda’s justice system get fair hearing.
President Kagame despite criticisms of suppressing political dissents is however credited with overseeing rapid economic development in his country.
He has led the country’s transformation after the 1994 genocide. Mr. Kagame last year won a general election to continue to serve another seven-year term.