Declaration of the US Department of State about Peter Erlinder’s incarceration in Rwanda
During the US Department of State daily press briefing, a question has been raised about Peter Erlinder’s conditions in Rwanda jail.
Here is what the Assistant Secretary Philip J. Crowley had to say.
QUESTION: Do you have any update on the status of this American lawyer who was arrested in Rwanda? There are some reports that he tried to kill himself in prison this morning.
MR. CROWLEY: I can’t say.
QUESTION: And apparently, his wife or his family is trying to – is seeking a meeting here at the State Department.
MR. CROWLEY: All I can tell you is that we have visited and spoken with Peter Erlinder. He was taken to the hospital this morning and remained there overnight for observation. His U.S. and Rwandan attorneys have had access to him and we expect that due process will be accorded by the Rwandans in a timely and transparent way.
QUESTION: Do you know why he was taken to the hospital?
MR. CROWLEY: I do not.