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Releasing terror convict Rusesabagina on “foreign pressure” is a pipe dream

President Kagame once warned publicly that whoever falsely believes they can apply pressure on Rwanda to dictate what to do in their favor, especially in releasing convicted criminals, was very mistaken.

Addressing the 4th Parliament which took oath on September 19, 2018, the Head of State brought it out clearly that Rwanda “never responds to pressure.”

Rwandan institutions work, and their decisions are to be respected, period!

The president has again reiterated this point. This time around he was clearing the air about a deceitful campaign of propaganda centered around releasing convicted terrorist Rusesabagina.

“No worries …there are things that just don’t work like that here!!” President Kagame wrote on Twitter in exchange with a Rwandan that raised concern about the constant barrage of propaganda by groups acting on behalf of Rusesabagina. Competent Rwandan courts tried him, publicly and transparently, with all evidence on display, and sentenced him. That was that. No foreigners will change the outcome of the process, and neither will “pressure” from anyone.

Rusesabagina is a Rwandan citizen that committed crimes of terror against innocent Rwandan citizens. He was the leader and bankroller of MRCD-FLN launched a series of armed attacks on Rwanda soil that claimed the lives of 11 unarmed Rwandans between 2018 and 2019. Besides the fatalities, many injuries were recorded, let alone several properties that were destroyed.

Terrorist Rusesabagina was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his crimes, on charges that he confessed to, and sought forgiveness from those affected.

Those calling for his release must respect Rwanda’s judicial independence. Rusesabagina’s sympathizers should confuse no one by putting emphasis on him and leaving out his 20 accomplices with whom he was convicted.

In their testimonies during the trial process, they pleaded guilty and pinned Rusesabagina as their main funder and leader.

Given the fact that terrorist Rusesabagina is also a US permanent resident, the country should rather use its power to expedite compensations for the victims worth over $400million.

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