Hotel Rwanda manager to spend 25 years in jail as Appeal Court upholds conviction

Rusesabagina was tricked into a private jet from Dubai to Kigali in August 2020, arrested and paraded to media before the trial against him.

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Paul Rusesabagina: An appeal court in Rwanda has upheld the 25-year-prison sentence of Paul Rusesabagina as it declared him guilty on terror charges.

An appeal court in Rwanda has upheld the 25-year-prison sentence of Paul Rusesabagina as it declared him guilty on terror charges.

Paul Rusesabagina was accused of terrorism charges in 2019.

The subject of the Hollywood movie about the Rwandan genocide, Hotel Rwanda, Rusesabagina has boycotted court proceedings since March 2021, saying they were unfair.

The prosecution had requested that his sentence be increased to life in prison but this was rejected.

The court reduced the sentence of Callixte Nsabimana, known as “Sankara”, the former spokesperson of the FLN rebel group linked to Rusesabagina, from 20 to 15 years.

The court said the two were guilty of deadly attacks conducted by the rebel group in south-west Rwanda in 2019, but that Nsabimana had apologised and cooperated with the court during trial.

Rusesabagina was tricked into a private jet from Dubai to Kigali in August 2020, arrested and paraded to media before the trial against him.

Rusesabagina’s relatives who live in Belgium and the US have condemned his rendition and trial in Rwanda.

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