Freed ‘Lodge Rwanda’ hero heads to US for household reunion | Jail Information

Rusesabagina was launched final Friday after President Kagame commuted his sentence, following months of negotiations between Washington and Kigali.

The person who impressed the movie Lodge Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina, has boarded a aircraft in Qatar sure for Houston after being launched from jail in Rwanda final week, a supply acquainted with the matter stated on Wednesday.

In September 2021, Rusesabagina, a everlasting resident of the US who has lived in exile in San Antonio, Texas, for greater than a decade, was sentenced to 25 years over his ties to a gaggle against Rwandan President Paul Kagame that has an armed wing.

The 68-year-old, a vocal critic of Kagame, says he was lured to Rwanda in 2019 when he boarded a non-public aircraft in Dubai he believed was sure for Bujumbura, Burundi. The plane as an alternative landed in Kigali, the place he was arrested.

He was launched final Friday after Kagame commuted his sentence, following months of negotiations between Washington and Kigali. He arrived in Doha on Monday.

Rusesabagina was feted around the globe after being performed by actor Don Cheadle within the 2004 movie Lodge Rwanda, which portrayed him as a hero who risked his life to shelter lots of of individuals as supervisor of a luxurious lodge through the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Washington’s traditionally shut ties with Rwanda had been strained by Rusesabagina’s detention and by US allegations, denied by Kigali, that Rwanda has despatched troops into the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo and helps rebels there.

The European Union and consultants from the United Nations have additionally made comparable allegations.

Rights teams like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty Worldwide have additionally accused the Kagame administration of a clampdown on dissent.

Rwanda says Rusesabagina’s launch is the results of a shared want to reset the US-Rwanda relationship.

Rusesabagina boarded a aircraft on Wednesday morning and is scheduled to land in Houston within the afternoon, the place he’s anticipated to see his household, a supply acquainted with the matter advised Reuters.

Throughout his trial, he acknowledged having a management position in an opposition group however denied accountability for assaults carried out in Rwanda by its armed wing.

The trial judges stated the 2 wings of the group have been indistinguishable.


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