Paul Rusesabagina of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ fame sentenced to 25 years on terrorism charges

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Rusesabagina, who inspired the film ‘Hotel Rwanda’, has been found guilty of being part of a terror group MRCD-FLN. Along with 20 others, he was charged with acts of terrorism. According to a statement from the Rwanda government, two organized attacks in 2018, which killed nine people, received special attention.

Responding to the sentence, Russabagina’s daughter Karine Kanimba told Granthshala: “The family expected a guilty sentence and several years in prison. Kagame has tried to silence my father for the past 20 years and he is 25.” have succeeded in silencing them for years.”

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Kanimba told Granthshala that the Rwandan government violated all of her father’s basic human rights. “We knew there would never be a fair trial for my father, and now the world knows too. If America, Belgium and others believe in human rights, they need to take steps now to free our father “

In a statement issued after the verdict, Yolande Makolo, a spokesman for the government of Rwanda, said: “This lengthy trial has exposed the terrorist activities of the FLN group led by Rusabagina.

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According to the statement, the High Court Chamber for International Crime delivered its verdict on the 21 members of the FLN on Monday.

The Clooney Foundation for Justice described the verdict as a “show trial”, stating that Rusebagina’s sentencing lacks an adequate guarantee of fairness “as required by international and African standards.”

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Trialwatch expert Geoffrey Robertson QC of the Clooney Foundation for Justice said, “Prosecution evidence against him was unveiled but not challenged. Given Mr. Rusebagina’s age and ill health, this severe sentence was set to be the death penalty.” Chances are.”

“It was a show trial rather than a fair judicial inquiry,” Robertson said. “Prosecution evidence against him was unveiled but not challenged.”

The judge read out the verdict on Monday, saying: “The court also found that they were very aware of the group that they were committing terroristic acts, they wanted the terrorist acts to be committed and this is evidenced by the act that they committed. Time did. Political parties. He formed the FLN which is an illegal armed group that attacked Rwanda in 2018 and 2019 and even after that he bragged about it in various announcements and videos,” the judge said.

66 years old was arrested earlier He faced another nine charges in August 2020, including financing of terrorism, murder as an act of terrorism, formation of an irregular armed group, and membership of a terrorist group, among others. Rusabagina rose to prominence during the country’s genocide by sheltering hundreds of Rwandans in a hotel she managed.

Their story was made into the Hollywood film “Hotel Rwanda”, starring Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo.

During the trial – which was heard by Rwanda’s High Court Chamber for International and Cross-Border Crimes – an outspoken critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame told the court that he wished to be referred to as a Belgian citizen and that He was kidnapped by Rwanda. authorities, who have no jurisdiction to prosecute him.

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