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Rusesabagina boycotts court

By IGIHE
On 24 March 2021 at 08:07

Paul Rusesabagina who is facing terrorism charges has not appeared before the High Court Special Chamber for International and Cross-border crimes for ongoing trial in which he faces nine counts linked to terrorism along with other 20 co-accused individuals who were allegedly involved in terror attacks that took place between 2018 and 2019 and claimed nine lives.

As the trial resumed today, Rusesabagina was not among co-accused arraigned before the court.

During the previous trial, Paul Rusesabagina said that he won’t return to court citing zero expectation of fair trial because ‘his rights have not been respected’.

Rusesabagina who has been heard claiming that he was abducted appeared before the court requesting six months to review his dossiers. After consultations between judges, the court rejected Rusesabagina’s request saying that the trial should proceed as usual.

Following the court’s decision, Rusesabagina made his objection saying, he won’t return to court because his rights are not respected.

“I would like to tell the court and judges that my basic rights to present my objections and fair trial have not been respected. The court failed to respect that,” he said.

“As a result, I would like to tell the court that I don’t expect justice here. That is why I will not take part of this trial again,” added Rusesabagina.

Rusesabagina’s defense lawyer, Rudakemwa Félix also said he had nothing to add to what his client said.

“He is my employer. So I will respect his wishes,” he explained.

Rusesabagina was arrested in August 2020.

Paul Rusesabagina who is facing terrorism charges has not appeared before the High Court Special Chamber for International and Cross-border crimes for ongoing trial.

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