The U.S. lawyer Peter Erlinder belongs to Mrs. Ingabire's defense team. He started his job insisting that President Kagame's Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama ensure respect for democratic principles and the Rule of Law , by:
(a) the immediate return of all computers, political and/or personal documents and all other items seized from Mrs. Ingabire's home;
(b) removal of all restrictions on Mrs. Ingabire's ability to campaign freely among the Rwandan people, including the return of her passport and elimination of police reporting requirements;
(c) full-recognition and registration of her political party, the UDF-Inkingi, and all other Rwandan opposition political parties;
(d) full access to the press and the media and an end to all intimidation tactics against opposition political activities;
(e) safe passage for all members of Mrs. Ingabire's defense team.