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Rwanda Police claim jailed lawyer Peter Erlinder tried to “commit suicide”

Prof. Peter Erlinder

Prof. Peter Erlinder

Kigali – Under intense interrogation from detectives, detained American Prof. Peter Erlinder swallowed up to 50 tablets meant to treat hypertension and other medical conditions – which the Police now says is also another crime, RNA can exclusively reveal.

On Wednesday Morning, Erlinder had been scheduled to return to the interrogation room where he is facing the investigators from the National Prosecuting Authority, but detectives found him partly unconscious in his cell, according Police Spokesman Eric Kayiranga.

“The interrogation by prosecution was to continue today because it had not been finished yesterday,” said Kayiranga.

He was rushed to the high-end King Faisal Hospital where doctors managed to resuscitate him, say the Police. Since Tuesday, Mr Erlinder has been handed over to prosecution.

The Police spokesman reportedly says Mr. Erlinder later told doctors of what happened – revealing he had taken some 50 tablets. They were apparently part of the treatment he has been undergoing since he was hospitalized on Monday over high blood pressure, hypertension and depression.

“He did not attain his objective to commit suicide,” said Kayiranga.

“Erlinder said the cases against him are very serious and had wanted to kill himself,” said Kayiranga.

The Police now says by trying to commit suicide, Mr. Erlinder adds another criminal offense on the Genocide denial charge sheet.

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