June 20, 2024

U.S. permanent resident Paul Rusesabagina released by Rwanda

Paul Rusesabagina pictured in 2004 when the film Hotel Rwanda came out. Picture: GettyImages|Paul Rusesabagina appears in front of media at the headquarters of the Rwanda Bureau of investigations building in Kigali
Paul Rusesabagina pictured in 2004 when the film Hotel Rwanda came out. Picture: GettyImages|Paul Rusesabagina appears in front of media at the headquarters of the Rwanda Bureau of investigations building in Kigali

Rwanda has released U.S. permanent resident Paul Rusesabagina, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said in a statement on Friday evening.

Blinken wrote, “I welcome today’s release of Paul Rusesabagina by the Government of Rwanda. It is a relief to know that Paul is rejoining his family, and the U.S. Government is grateful to the Rwandan Government for making this reunion possible. We also thank the Government of Qatar for their valuable assistance that will enable Paul’s return to the United States.    

“The United States believes in a Rwanda that is peaceful and prosperous. We reaffirm the principle of seeking political change in Rwanda and globally through peaceful means. There is simply no place for political violence.  I thank those across the U.S. Government who have worked with the Rwandan Government to enable this outcome.”

Rusesabagina, a dual Rwandan and Belgian citizen and resident of the United States, was found guilty on terrorism-related charges in September 2021 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

His sentence was commuted on Friday, according to the Rwandan government.

“Commutation of sentence does not extinguish the underlying conviction,” said government spokeswoman Yolande Makolo on Friday.

“Rwanda notes the constructive role of the US government in creating conditions for dialogue on this issue, as well as the facilitation provided by the State of Qatar,” she added.

The ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero was released along with 19 other people that had been convicted alongside him.

A senior Biden administration official told reporters that the U.S. played mayor role for his release and the ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero was on his way to the United States.

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Millena
Millena
1 year ago

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