Rwandan opposition politician Diane Rwigara, her mother and sister all denied charges of inciting insurrection in a court in the capital, Kigali, today.
However, the judge suspended proceedings after Ms Rwigara’s mother, Adeline Rwigara, who is facing a separate charge of sowing community discord, said she wanted a lawyer of her own to represent her.
Diane Rwigara has also been charged with forgery for allegedly faking registration papers to stand in August’s presidential election.
She was disqualified to run in the poll, which was won by incumbent President Paul Kagame.
A prominent women’s activist and critic of Mr Kagame, she has said the charges against them are politically motivated.
All three remain in police custody.