The Rwandan public prosecutor has appealed the 25-year sentence on terrorism charges against Paul Rusesabagina, the hero whose story is told in the film “Hotel Rwanda”, after the court asked for the chain to be imposed. Life.
“We have appealed against the entire process. The details will be disclosed to the court,” said the spokesman for the Rwandan Public Prosecutor’s Office (NPPA), Faustin Nkusi, in a statement to the Rwandan news portal IGIHE.
Rusesagabina has been convicted of leading the Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRDC), the political arm of the rebel group National Liberation Front (FLN). Judge Beatrice Mukamurenzi emphasized in her judgment that the defendant had helped found the FLN and supported the group financially.
The defendant defended during the opening of the trial that the court did not have the power to convict him because he is a Belgian citizen before denouncing his abduction in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be brought to Rwanda to appear To be brought to trial against him, they accused him.
Rusesabagina himself recognized his connections with the FLN in late September, despite claiming that his role was only “diplomatic” in nature. He said the MRDC created the FLN “as an armed wing, not a terrorist group as prosecutors claim”. “I do not deny that the FLN committed crimes, but my role was diplomacy,” he said.
Rusesabagina is known worldwide after its story was recorded in the movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’. As acting manager of the Mille Collines Hotel in Kigali, he managed to protect more than 1200 Tutsis and moderate Hutus within the establishment by exploiting his contacts during the 1994 genocide that massacred nearly 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.