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Freed ‘Resort Rwanda’ hero in Qatar, heading to household in US Lalrp

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NAIROBI, Kenya — The person who impressed the movie “Resort Rwanda” and was freed by Rwanda final week from a terrorism sentence has arrived in Qatar on his technique to reuniting with household in the USA.

Paul Rusesabagina is presently in Doha, White Home Nationwide Safety Council spokesman John Kirby instructed journalists on Monday.

“He’ll quickly be making his approach again to the USA. And his household is, as I’m positive nobody is shocked, they’re wanting to welcome him again right here, house. The White Home has been and stays engaged in each step of this course of,” Kirby mentioned.

The 68-year-old Rusesabagina, a U.S. authorized resident and Belgian citizen who had left Rwanda after saving lots of of countrymen within the nation’s 1994 genocide, was convicted in 2021 of terrorism offenses and sentenced to 25 years in jail in a extensively criticized trial.

Rusesabagina disappeared in 2020 throughout a go to to Dubai within the United Arab Emirates and appeared days later in Rwanda in handcuffs. His household alleged he was kidnapped. He was convicted on eight prices together with membership in a terrorist group, homicide and abduction.

Rusesabagina has asserted that his arrest was in response to his criticism of longtime President Paul Kagame over alleged human rights abuses. Kagame’s authorities has repeatedly denied concentrating on dissenting voices with arrests and extrajudicial killings.

In a signed letter to Kagame dated Oct. 14 and posted on the justice ministry’s web site, the ailing Rusesabagina expressed remorse for any violence and wrote that “if I’m granted a pardon and launched, I perceive absolutely that I’ll spend the rest of my days in the USA in quiet reflection. I can guarantee you thru this letter that I maintain no private or political ambitions in any other case. I’ll depart questions concerning Rwandan politics behind me.”

His arrest was a supply of friction with the U.S. and others at a time when Rwanda’s authorities has additionally been underneath stress over tensions with neighboring Congo and Britain’s plan to deport asylum-seekers to the small east African nation.

Kirby mentioned U.S. nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan personally engaged within the case, “actually doing the ultimate heavy lifting to get Paul launched and to get him on his approach house.”

AP journalist Aamer Madhani in Washington contributed.