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Charles Ntakirutinka is a former Transportation Minister of the Rwandan government who was later imprisoned on charges of creating civil disorder as well as planning assassinations. Amnesty International named him a prisoner of conscience and a 2011 "priority case".
In May 2001, Charles Ntakirutinka helped found Le Parti Démocratique de Renouveau (Democratic Party for Renewal, PDR-Ubuyanja) with former President Pasteur Bizimungu. Bizumungu was promptly placed under house arrest by the government of current president Paul Kagame.
Ntakirutinka was arrested in April 2002 along with Bizimungu and six other men on charges of disturbing public order, provoking civil conflict and targeting government authorities for assassination. Following a 2004 trial that Amnesty International describes as "falling well short of international standards of fairness", including witness statements allegedly extracted under torture, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Human Rights Watch also criticized the trial as "flawed", and noted Ntakirutinka's continued imprisonment in their 2009 annual report.
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- "Rwanda ex-president under arrest". BBC News. 31 May 2001. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Rwanda: Events of 2009". Human Rights Watch. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Rwanda's ex-leader loses appeal". BBC News. 17 February 2006. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Rwanda: Prisoner of Conscience Released After Decade in Detention". Amnesty International. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
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