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From Hotel Rwanda to a Kigali prison

Hotelier Paul Rusesabagina once won the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, for protecting Tutsis from Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. This week, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for terrorism charges. What happened?
Paul Rusesabagina is escorted in handcuffs from a courtroom in Kigali, Rwanda September 25, 2020. (Clement Uwiringiyimana/Reuters)

Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina and President Paul Kagame were both once viewed as heroes who stood up against the country's 1994 genocide.

Now, they each insist the other is a fraud. 

Rusesabagina, who had been living in Texas, was convicted of terrorism charges this week — in a trial that human rights advocates say flouted international norms, and that started with an extrajudicial rendition from Dubai. 

Journalist Anjan Sundaram says Rusesabagina is not alone. Sundaram explains the lengths to which Kagame will go to control the narrative about his country — and he argues Canada needs to do more to protect its residents from the reach of this regime.

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