/ 21 September 2021

A hero found guilty of terror charges

Los Angeles, Ca.––Paul Rusesabagina, the former manager of a Rwandan hotel, provided shelter to about 1,000 countrymen fleeing the violence during the genocide that took place there in the 1990's in which about a million people were killed. Rusesabagina's story has inspired a movie, which stars Don Cheadle.  (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Los Angeles, Ca.––Paul Rusesabagina, the former manager of a Rwandan hotel, provided shelter to about 1,000 countrymen fleeing the violence during the genocide that took place there in the 1990's in which about a million people were killed. Rusesabagina's story has inspired a movie, which stars Don Cheadle. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Paul Rusesabagina – the bloke who was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda – has been sentenced to 25 years for terrorism by a court in Rwanda. To recap: Rusesabagina was credited with saving the lives of more than 1,200 people from the country’s 1994 genocide. It was one of the world’s worst atrocities as 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered by Hutu extremists in 100 days. Last year, the Rwandan Government was accused of kidnapping Rusesabagina after he was lured from his home in the US and arrested on terror charges. And overnight, it was confirmed that he has been found guilty of backing a rebel group behind deadly anti-government attacks in 2018 and 2019. American officials say they are concerned, and his family have called the trial a sham. At 67yo, they say it “is just like a life sentence”.

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