A court in Kigali is set to hear the case of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero Paul Rusesabagina after prosecutors appealed against his 25-year prison sentence.
The prosecution appealed against a September 20, 2021 ruling that found Rusesabagina guilty of eight charges following a seven-month long trial.
Rusesabagina faced nine charges, including terrorism, murder, arson, abduction and forming an armed rebel group.
The crimes are linked to activities of the coalition of an exiled opposition group Rusesabagina formed dubbed MRCD and its armed outfit FLN, which is linked to the deadly 2018 and 2019 attacks in southern and western Rwanda.
Prosecutors had sought a life sentence for the 67-year-old Rwandan native who also holds Belgium citizenship and US permanent residence.
His family and supporters rejected the case as politically motivated, and did not appeal the verdict.
Rusesabagina and his legal counsel boycotted the trial after he indicated he expected no justice from the court.
He protested the court’s refusal to allow him six months to prepare his defence and be represented by his Belgian lawyer.
A former hotelier-turned-political activist, Rusesabagina rose to fame after a 2004 Hollywood movie, Hotel Rwanda, that depicted his heroic acts in saving Tutsis during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
One of his 20 co-accused who is former spokesperson and commander of the FLN rebels, Callixte Nsabimana, aka, Sankara was also handed 20 years in prison, alongside seven other convicts.
They were found guilty of crimes, including being members of a terror group, committing terror acts, mobilisation and illegal use of explosives.
Other convicts were handed three to 10-year jail terms.
Breaking News5 days ago
EFCC Jails Jonathan’s godson George Turnah.
Politics5 days ago
2023: Again, PDP NWC adjusts dates for primaries
Education5 days ago
JAMB 2022: JAMB Cut Off Marks For All Universities, Polytechnics [See Full List]
National6 days ago
Change your vehicle colour without permit, risk jail – Police cautions
National4 days ago
Trouble in Rivers as EFCC Intensifies Search for Wanted State Accountant, Fubara Siminayi, 3 Others
News4 days ago
Gbenga Adeboye’s Death Not Natural – Sister
Crime4 days ago
N80b Fraud: How Accountant-General, Idris Made Money From Controversial Platform, IPPIS, Deducted Salaries Of Thousands Of Workers – Farooq Kperogi
Politics4 days ago
BREAKING: 2023: Catholic Church Suspends Rev. Father After Joining APC, Declaring For Benue Governorship