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Rwanda: Life imprisonment requested against Paul Rusesabagina

Rwanda: Life imprisonment requested against Paul Rusesabagina

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, EAST AFRICA, GENOCIDE, Rwanda
Rwandan prosecutors called Thursday for a life sentence for Paul Rusesabagina, the man who inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda," as he faces terrorism charges, while his family says he faces mistreatment and an unfair trial. Paul Rusesabagina, once praised for saving hundreds of Tutsis from the 1994 Rwandan genocide as a hotel manager, faces charges related to attacks by an armed group inside Rwanda in 2018 and 2019. The nine counts include "forming an irregular armed group," "belonging to a terrorist group" and "financing terrorism." Prosecutors seek to link him to activities that killed at least nine people. Paul Rusesabagina, a Belgian citizen and U.S. resident, has denied the charges, saying his case is politically motivated in response to his criticism of Rwanda's longtime p...
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