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Man who inspired film 'Hotel Rwanda' sentenced to 25 years on terror charges

Paul Rusesabagina
Posted at 11:45 AM, Sep 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-20 14:45:16-04

On Monday, Paul Rusesabagina, who inspired the movie "Hotel Rwanda," was found guilty of terror charges.

According to the Associated Press, Rusesabagina was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a high court in Kigali on eight charges, including murder, abduction, and for being a member of a terrorist group.

CNN reported that he, along with 20 other people, were accused of conspiring to launch attacks in 2018 and 2019 in Rwanda, which resulted in the death of at least nine people.

According to the AP, Rusesabagina inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda" after he helped saved countless lives during Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

He also received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The AP reported that Rusesabagina's family alleges he was kidnapped and taken against his will to Rwanda to stand trial.