August 30, 2017 / 5:17 PM / in a year

Opponent of Rwandan president taken from home by police - brother

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Diane Shima Rwigara — a critic of President Paul Kagame barred from challenging him in elections this month — was taken from her home by police along with four family members on Tuesday, her brother said.

“Police took her and everybody else who was there — my mother, my other sister, and my two sisters,” Aristide Rwigara told Reuters by phone from the United States where he lives, citing someone who said they witnessed the incident.

Police said on Wednesday they had searched Rwigara’s home after receiving documents from the electoral commission. On Twitter on Wednesday morning, they denied that Rwigara had been arrested.

Reporting By Maggie Fick; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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