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“Hotel Rwanda” Dissident Paul Rusesabagina Sentenced to 25 Years on Terrorism Charges

HeadlineSep 21, 2021

In Rwanda, opposition political leader Paul Rusesabagina has been found guilty of terrorism and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He’s credited with protecting the lives of some 1,200 people who took refuge at the hotel he managed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. His story is portrayed in the Hollywood film “Hotel Rwanda.” Amnesty International denounced Rusesabagina’s prosecution, saying his trial was riddled with violations. This is Rusesabagina’s daughter Carine Kanimba.

Carine Kanimba: “My father was tortured, kidnapped, denied his basic rights. And then, now they just gave him a guilty verdict, a verdict that comes without any credible evidence. … The co-accused came on the stand and said that they had been forced and coerced and tortured into saying false things against my father. And the witnesses are paid government agents.”

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