Trial in Rwandan general's shooting draws protests

AP News
Posted: Oct 24, 2011 6:25 AM
Trial in Rwandan general's shooting draws protests

Rwandans who accuse their president in an attack on an exiled opposition figure are protesting outside a Johannesburg court house.

About 50 Rwandans gathered Monday outside the court where six East Africans are standing trial on accusations of plotting to kill Rwandan Lt. Gen. Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa. He was shot and wounded in Johannesburg last year.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has denied charges he was behind the plot. The protesters wore T-shirts splashed with red hand prints and the slogan: "Kagame is a serial killer."

The trial opened in June.

Frank Ntwali, who is Nyamwasa's brother-in-law, says Rwandans in South Africa were at first hesitant to protest because they feared they could be targeted by Kagame's agents. But Ntwali said outside court Monday: "It's time to speak out."