Rwandan prosecutors to appeal verdict for ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero

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KIGALI, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Rwandan prosecutors mentioned on Wednesday they might appeal towards a 25-year jail sentence handed to Paul Rusesabagina, a one-time lodge supervisor portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie in regards to the 1994 genocide.

The prosecutors had sought a life sentence for Rusesabagina, 67, a vocal critic of President Paul Kagame. A Rwandan courtroom discovered him responsible of terrorism prices on Sept 20 after a trial that his supporters branded a sham, and proof of Kagame’s ruthless therapy of political opponents. learn extra

An announcement tweeted by the Prosecutor General’s workplace didn’t say why it was making the appeal. Neither the Prosecutor General’s workplace nor the Rwandan authorities might instantly be reached for touch upon the matter.

Rusesabagina’s daughter Carine Kanimba, contacted by Reuters after the Prosecutor General’s tweet, mentioned the transfer confirmed that the trial of her father was politically motivated.

“The prosecution’s decision to appeal is Kagame’s decision to hurt us even more than he already has,” she mentioned in a Whatsapp message.

Kanimba additionally quoted what she mentioned was a press release from Rusesabagina’s authorized staff that mentioned “25 years is already a life sentence. In appealing and asking for more, the Prosecution is just revealing how political this trial is and always was”.

Prosecutors had sought a life sentence for Rusesabagina on 9 prices, together with terrorism, arson, taking hostages and forming an armed insurgent group. He was convicted of eight prices.

He has acknowledged having a management function within the Rwanda Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD), a bunch opposed to Kagame’s rule, however denied accountability for violence carried out by its armed wing, the National Liberation Front (FLN).

Rusesabagina grew to become a worldwide superstar after the 2004 movie “Hotel Rwanda” depicted him risking his life to shelter lots of because the boss of a luxurious lodge within the Rwandan capital , throughout the 100-day genocide when Hutu ethnic extremists killed greater than 800,000 folks, principally from the Tutsi minority.

Reporting by Clement Uwiringiyimana; Editing by Ayenat Mersie and Gareth Jones

Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda's 1994 genocide, is escorted in handcuffs from the courtroom in Kigali, Rwanda September 25, 2020. REUTERS/Clement Uwiringiyimana/File Photo