Paul Rusesabagina Is A Man of Peace, Not A Terrorist
Statement regarding humanitarian's court hearing in Rwanda today 9/25/20
By: Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation
Following Paul Rusesabagina's court hearing in Kigali today, a number of false or misleading reports and/or headlines are circulating about what was said by Paul and others in the courtroom. To clarify these reports, Paul did not admit to either founding a terrorist group, or to leading the National Liberation Front (FLN) or taking part in any acts they may have committed.
Per Paul's statements, the Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD) of which Paul's Party for Democracy in Rwanda (PDR) is a member, is a coalition of multiple parties. Paul is the President of his political party and an officer of the coalition. They had a memorandum of understanding between these parties, and the FLN was one of those parties. Paul's role in the MRCD was diplomacy, and he had nothing to do with the FLN's activities, as the FLN operated independently. Paul noted that the FLN was founded to draw the attention of the government of Rwanda to the plight of refugees who were being attacked in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to Paul's own words, it was not created to commit terrorism. Paul is also accused of funding the FLN and of admitting this under interrogation. In court today it was stated that the Rwandan government has produced no evidence of either the funding or the admission.
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