Kigali: A Rwandan judge on Thursday granted bail on
medical grounds to a US lawyer arrested in the country and
accused of promoting an ideology that minimizes Rwanda`s 1994
Peter Erlinder was arrested late last month, and since
his arrest has been hospitalised multiple times. He did not
appear in court today because he was in the hospital for high
Citing testimony from doctors who say Erlinder has a
history of medical problems, Judge Johnstone Busingye of the
High Court of Rwanda granted him bail.
One of Erlinder`s lawyers told The Associated Press that
Erlinder is free to leave Rwanda. But Busingye said Erlinder
must provide the court and the prosecutor`s office with his
address at all times and must cooperate with court matters.
The office of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken called the
judge`s ruling "excellent news."
"His family has shown tremendous courage, but when they
were in my office their suffering was very clear. I`m relieved
it`s over," a statement from Franken`s office said. "The US
Embassy worked tirelessly to resolve this issue and bring
Professor Erlinder home, and their dedication ought to be