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Rwanda prosecution dissatisfied with Rusesabagina trial

The National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) on Tuesday expressed its dissatisfaction with the ruling in the FLN terror trial involving…

The National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) on Tuesday expressed its dissatisfaction with the ruling in the FLN terror trial involving the controversial hero of Hotel Rwanda movie Paul Rusesabagina and co-accused.Shortly after the verdict in which Rusesabagina was handed a 25-year jail sentence, Faustin Nkusi, the Spokesperson of NPPA, welcomed the fact that none of the defendants was acquitted but moaned the lenient sentences handed to some convicts.

Although the prosecution ruled out possibilities of an appeal, Nkusi said those are the concerns that his office will need to sit down and assess, to see if we can appeal.

Earlier Tuesday, Rwanda has called off a scheduled meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda and Belgium in response to comments made by Sophie Wilmès, the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, on the verdict of Paul
Rusesabagina.

The reaction came after the Belgian officials said that Rusesabagina, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday on terror-related charges, did not ‘receive a fair and due trial’.

A statement released by Rwanda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation says the remarks by Wilmès are in contempt of Rwanda’s judicial system and Kigali won’t take it sitting down.

“The statement of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium regarding today’s verdict by Rwanda’s High Court Chamber for International and Cross-Border Crimes, reflects the contempt shown by the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium towards the
Rwandan judicial system since the start of this trial, despite the significant contribution of relevant Belgian institutions to the investigation of this case,”

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