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Rwandan court upholds ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero’s 25-year sentence

Rwandan court upholds ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero’s 25-year sentence

CLEMENT UWIRINGIYIMANA A Rwandan appeals court upheld a 25-year jail sentence for Paul Rusesabagina, who was portrayed in the movie "Hotel Rwanda" sheltering hundreds of people during the 1994 genocide, rejecting a bid to extend it to life in prison. Rusesabagina, 67, was convicted in September on eight terrorism charges related to the activities of an organisation opposed to President Paul Kagame's rule, and is being held in a Rwandan prison. He has denied all the charges and refused to take part in the trial, which he and his supporters have denounced as a politically motivated sham. He was not…
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Appeal in ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero’s case can proceed without him, judge rules

Appeal in ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero’s case can proceed without him, judge rules

CLEMENT UWIRINGIYIMANA A Rwandan court ruled that an appeal by prosecutors in a case involving Paul Rusesabagina, who was portrayed in the movie 'Hotel Rwanda' sheltering hundreds of people during the 1994 genocide, could proceed in his absence. Rusesabagina, 67, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after being found guilty in September of eight terrorism charges related to the activities of an organisation opposed to President Paul Kagame's rule. He refused to take part in his trial, which was denounced by his supporters as a politically motivated sham. Public prosecutors had asked for a life sentence and had announced…
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‘Hotel Rwanda’ film hero jailed for 25 years

‘Hotel Rwanda’ film hero jailed for 25 years

CLEMENT UWIRIGIYIMANA A Rwandan court has sentenced Paul Rusesabagina, a one-time hotel manager portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood film about the 1994 genocide, to 25 years in prison after he was convicted of terrorism charges. Rusesabagina, 67, who was feted around the world after being portrayed by actor Don Cheadle in the film "Hotel Rwanda", is a vocal critic of President Paul Kagame. He denied all charges and said he was kidnapped from Dubai this year to be put on trial. His supporters called the trial a sham, and proof of Kagame's ruthless treatment of political opponents. "Rusesabagina…
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Rwandan court denies “Hotel Rwanda” hero Rusesabagina bail, extends detention

Rwandan court denies “Hotel Rwanda” hero Rusesabagina bail, extends detention

CLEMENT UWIRIGIYIMANA A Rwandan court extended the detention of "Hotel Rwanda" hero Paul Rusesabagina on Friday pending trial on terrorism charges and denied him bail, the judge hearing the case said. Rusesabagina, a political dissident who has lived in exile in Belgium and the United States, was arrested in August after returning to the country and subsequently charged with terrorism and other offences. "The fact that he is sick is not alone a ground to release him on bail," Theodosie Mukarugira said in a ruling via Skype. She said the detention would be extended by 30 days starting from Friday…
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