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Rwanda, UK signs Deal to Harbour Migrants

Rwanda and the United Kingdom on Thursday signed a migration deal that will see asylum seekers who arrive illegally in the UK on small boats, across the English Channel, given a one-way ticket to Kigali to wait out their applications. UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel, who is in Kigali, signed the “Rwanda-UK Migration and Economic Development Partnership” with Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vincent Biruta. Under the...

Court to hear appeal against ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero’s prison sentence

A court in Kigali will begin hearing the case of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero Paul Rusesabagina on Monday after prosecutors appealed against his 25-year prison sentence, saying it was “lenient”. The prosecution appealed against September 20, 2021, which found Rusesabagina guilty of eight charges following a seven-month-long trial. Rusesabagina faced nine charges, including terrorism, murder, arson, abduction, and forming an armed rebel group. The crimes are linked to...

Prosecutors appeal ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero sentence

Rwanda’s public prosecution has appealed against the High Court’s judgment that jailed Paul Rusesabagina, the “Hotel Rwanda” hero, for 25 years. Rusesabagina and 19 co-accused were convicted and sentenced on September 20 of terrorism and involvement in a rebel group blamed for deadly gun, grenade and arson attacks in Rwanda in 2018 and 2019. At least nine people were killed during the attacks, while others...

Rwanda genocide “kingpin” Théoneste Bagosora dies in prison while on 35 years jail term

A former Rwandan army colonel convicted for his role in the massacre of some 800,000 people in the 1994 genocide has died in Mali, where he was in prison. Théoneste Bagosora, 80, was a senior figure in Rwanda’s ministry of defence at the time of the killings. A UN-backed criminal tribunal sentenced him to life in prison, but this was later reduced to 35 years. His son...

Rwanda responds to Belgium’s Critics On Rusesabagina Verdict, Calls Off Scheduled Meeting

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...

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