US lawyer fears death if he returns to Rwanda

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Posted: Oct 22, 2010 4:55 PM
US lawyer fears death if he returns to Rwanda

A Minnesota law professor jailed in Rwanda earlier this year says he has "no doubt" he'd be killed if he returns to a Rwandan court to face charges.

But Peter Erlinder said Friday that he will follow the advice of his attorneys.

Rwanda's top prosecutor Martin Ngoga said Thursday that he would charge Erlinder with denying Rwanda's genocide. Erlinder says official charges have not been filed.

He believes Rwandan authorities intended to make him disappear when he was arrested in May, but his contact with a U.S. diplomat saved him. He was released on bail in June.

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More than 500,000 Rwandans, mostly ethnic Tutsis, were massacred by Hutus during the 1994 genocide. Erlinder contends that it's inaccurate to blame one side.