“The judges decided what the dictator wanted them to decide”. These words, from the daughter of Paul Rusesabagina, show the state of mind of those close to this Rwandan opponent after his conviction for terrorism to 25 years in prison.
Paul Rusesabagina is the man whose story inspired Hollywood and the film “Hotel Rwanda”. During the Tutsi genocide, this Hutu saved hundreds of people. But for his judge this Monday, “he founded a terrorist organization, he contributed financially to terrorist activities“, a reference to the FLN, the National Liberation Forces, a rebel group opposed to Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
Become a fierce political opponent, the one many consider a hero has been in the crosshairs of Rwandan power for years and especially since the serious unrest of 2018 and 2019.