A man who was portrayed in a film as a life-saving hero during the Rwandan genocide has been convicted of terrorism by a court in Rwanda. Paul Rusesabagina, 67, was found guilty of backing a rebel group in a series of attacks, which killed nine civilians in 2018. His family say he was taken to Rwanda, from exile, by force for the trial.
With the start of collective mourning set to last for months, Rwandans are marking 25 years since a genocide that killed hundreds of thousands of people. About 800,000 Rwandans, most of them from the country’s Tutsi minority, were killed during the 1994 genocide. Ethnic violence broke out in Rwanda on April 7, 1994, after President Juvénal Habyarimana of the country’s Hutu majority died in a plane crash, along with Burundi’s Hutu president. Hutus said that Tutsi rebels had shot down the plane as it had approached Kigali’s airport.