Nightmare over, Erlinder's home

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ and JEREMY HERB , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: June 22, 2010 - 10:46 PM

In his first personal account of his imprisonment in Rwanda, Peter Erlinder said he felt his life was in peril.

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minn12Jun. 22, 10 1:08 PM

between the USA and other countries: Free speech. However, if you travel to another country and arrogantly disrespect their laws then you should be aware of the potential consequences.

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thewordsmithJun. 22, 10 1:14 PM

Is this the same U.S. Embassy he condemned just days ago for abandoning him while he was incarcerated? For failing to provide him with food and medication? Just wondering.

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SupervonJun. 22, 10 1:16 PM

will fear for their sanity.

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caribeJun. 22, 10 1:22 PM

Prof. Erlinder insists that he is not a genocide denier, but he has made comments to the effect that what happend in Rwanda was that a civil war was provoked by the Tutsis and that the Hutu response got out of control...for the Tutsis and moderate Hutus who experienced the events first-hand and know otherwise, Erlinder's position is hateful indeed

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KTGJun. 22, 10 1:26 PM

If they wanted him to "disappear" he would have disappeared. Period. No hotel room search. No call to the embassy. Nothing.

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geckojayJun. 22, 10 1:26 PM

sorry, no can do.

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tianamwizaJun. 22, 10 3:14 PM

The Rwandan Government just wants to silence everyone who doesn't share their "ideologies". They spare no one! Glad Prof. Erlinder got out "unharmed" Do you see how they managed to make him seem like he left the country on 5/27/2010? Our prayers were with you and your family. Stay strong for justice and truth. Mwiza

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natispotatisJun. 22, 10 3:29 PM

I know that the Rwandan Genocide was one of the most terrible thing to happen in recent world history. I know that outrage ensues when these events are denied by people. But freedom of speech is the issue here. When some forms of speech are denied, other forms become eligible too. I hardly believe that anyone here truly understands the essence of what happened in Rwanda, it's very complex. Our most important freedom, freedom of speech, should never suffer the punishments like this man has. One should not die because of a belief, no matter how unpopular.

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biffpoloJun. 22, 10 3:30 PM

I understand that a rich white guy was arrested in a foreign country...but this length of coverage has been embarrassing.

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bonnie3Jun. 22, 10 3:51 PM

Just because he has legal rights in the US doesn't mean he can go to another country and try to invoke them somewhere else. When in Rome.......

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