Sport After a controversial trial, the hero of "Hotel Rwanda" sentenced to 25 years in prison for "terrorism"

20:40  20 september  2021
20:40  20 september  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

President Kagame defends the trial of the hotel who inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda"

 President Kagame defends the trial of the hotel who inspired the film © Simon Wohlfahrt Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda", on October 2, 2020 upon arrival at the Tribunal in Kigali. It is judged for "terrorism" the Rwandan President Paul Kagame rejected Sunday the many criticisms formulated against the trial for "terrorism" aimed at Paul Rusesabagina, former hotelier who saved a thousand people during the 1994 genocide and whose 1994 genocide. History inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda".

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his support remains persuaded that it is a "political trial " Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda" and became a critical fierce of President Paul Kagame, was convicted with "terrorism". He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The former director of the hotel of the thousand hills in Kigali was judged for his support for the National Liberation Front (FLN), a rebel group accused of having led deadly attacks in Rwanda in 2018 and 2019.

"The Tribunal concludes that The role of RUSSABAGINA in the creation of the FLN, the supply of funds to the rebels and the purchase of means of communication for the rebels constitute all the crime of terrorism commission, "said Beatrice Mukamurenzi, one of the three judges of the court of Kigali . "He founded a terrorist organization, he contributed financially to terrorist activities," she added.

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Many journalists and diplomats attended this hearing. The life prison had been required against Paul Rusesabagina , 67, made famous by the film "Hotel Rwanda" released in 2004, who told how this moderate Hutu saved more than 1,000 people during the 1994 genocide who made 800,000 dead , mainly Tutsi.

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lawyers after being arrested under controversial conditions at Kigali in August 2020, this virulent opponent to Paul Kagame was judged, with 20 others, from February to July for nine counts. Charges , including that of "terrorism". Paul Rusesabagina participated in the 2017 Foundation of the Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD), whose FLN is considered the armed arm, but it has always denied any involvement in these attacks.

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"The MRCD-FLN has committed terrorist acts. The MRCD can not be separated from the military acts "of the FLN," said Beatrice Judge Mukamurenzi. Neither rusesabagina nor her lawyers were present on reading the verdict. They have boycotted the hearings since March, denouncing a "political" trial made possible by its "kidnapping" organized by the Rwandan authorities, as well as ill-treatment in detention.

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his family and supports did not stop denouncing "a show put in Place by the Rwandan government to silence a criticism and cooling any future dissent ". The verdict was "decided" by President Paul Kagame, denounced one of the Girls of the accused, Carine Kanimba. "I'm not surprised at all, we exactly exactly expected that. Kagame kidnapped my father, then went to television say he had blood on his hands. The judges decided what the dictator wanted them to decide, "said Carine Kanimba soon after the announcement of the conviction.

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The United States, which awarded it the presidential medal of freedom in 2005, the European Parliament and Belgium, of which it is a national, had also expressed concerns about the conditions of its arrest and the fairness of the trial.

In an interview in early September, Rwandan President Paul Kagame had responded to criticism, ensuring that Paul Rusesabagina would be "tried as equitably as possible". This trial "has nothing to do with the film (nor) with its celebrity status," he said, "These are the lives of Rwandans lost because of his actions and because of the organizations he belonged to or he directed ".

It was exiled since 1996

Paul Rusesabagina for more than 20 years a virulent opponent to Paul Kagame, which he accuses authoritarianism and feed an anti-Hutu feeling. He had lived since 1996 in exile in the United States and Belgium, before being arrested in Kigali in 2020 in disordered circumstances, on the descent of a plane he was thinking of Burundi.

The Rwandan government admitted to "facilitated the trip" to Kigali, but affirmed that the arrest was "legal" and that "its rights have never been violated". The five months of hearing saw conflicting testimonies on its role. A spokesman for the FLN said he had "not given orders for FLN fighters." Another coaccusé has, he said that all orders came from him.

Its Hollywood awareness had sparked criticism. Some survivors of the thousand hills blame him for having benefited from their misfortune and embellished his role. He had also used his celebrity to give a worldwide echo to his increasingly virulent positions against Paul Kagame's regime, which is worthy of regime's supporter attacks.

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