Jun 02 by Ben

American Lawyer and Professor Peter Erlinder Arrested in Rwanda

On May 28, Peter Erlinder, an American lawyer and professor at Minnesota’s William Mitchell College was arrested in Rwanda for allegedly denying the existence of the country’s 1994 genocide and supporting genocidal ideals. Erlinder has served as a defense attorney for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda since 2003, but was only arrested when he began defending Victoire Ingabire, a leading (Hutu) opposition leader challenging 16-year president Paul Kagame for the presidency this August. The fragile hullabaloo has galvanized a movement among American free speech activists and lawyers hoping to get Erlinder released.

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