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Rwandan genocide hero Paul Rusesabagina found guilty of terror-related charges

Rwandan genocide hero Paul Rusesabagina has been found guilty of terror-related charges.

The hotel manager earned the title of being a hero after providing shelter to Tutsi citizens from Hutu rebels in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide.

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However, it has just come out that the hotel manager has been found guilty of being part of the terror group MRCD-FLN.

According to Judge Beatrice Mukamurenzi, the terror group “attacked people in their homes, or even in their cars on the road travelling.”

The case has had a high profile since Rusesabagina was arrested in Dubai last year.

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A prominent critic of President Paul Kagame, Rusesabagina has denied all charges against him while his supporters have called the trial a sham and proof of Kagame’s ruthless treatment of political opponents.

Prosecutors had sought a life sentence on nine charges which included terrorism, arson, taking hostages and forming an armed rebel group.

The 67-year-old became a global celebrity following the release of the 2005 film ‘Hotel Rwanda’ where Rusesabagina, played by Don Cheadle, risks his life to save Tutsi citizens from Hutu rebels.

According to Reuters, Human Rights Watch said that Rusesabagina’s arrest was an enforced disappearance, calling it a serious violation of international law.

IMAGE – “Lecture by Paul Rusesabagina, as part of” (CC BY-ND 2.0) by University of Michigan’s Ford School

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