Paul Rusesabagina was found guilty today on terrorism charges and sentenced to 25 years in prison by the International and Cross-Border Crimes Chamber of Rwanda’s High Court. The trial was marred by numerous violations of his fair trial rights, including the unlawful circumstances of his arrest and transfer to Kigali, his enforced disappearance and incommunicado detention, among other irregularities before and during his trial. Amnesty International independently monitored the trial which was livestreamed online. Amnesty International’s monitoring of the pre-trial period and the case focused on procedural adherence to international fair trial standards.
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