Jailed in Rwanda, attorney Peter Erlinder briefly hospitalized
A St. Paul attorney jailed in Rwanda was hospitalized with high blood pressure Monday after being interrogated, according to his daughter and an attorney.
Peter Erlinder, who is charged with promoting genocidal ideology, is expected to be kept in the hospital overnight and returned to jail today, said Sarah Erlinder, his daughter.
The hospitalization came after Erlinder was interrogated for up to five hours Monday, said Gena Berglund, associate director of the International Humanitarian Law Institute of Minnesota. She said she didn't know how much of that time Erlinder had spent meeting with his attorneys. "Toward the end of the five hours, Peter said he was not feeling well and asked to see a doctor," Berglund said. "He was transported to the hospital."
Peter Erlinder, a faculty member at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, is in Rwanda to help defend presidential hopeful Victoire Ingabire against charges of promoting genocidal ideology. Ingabire, an opposition candidate, was arrested earlier this year.
Erlinder was arrested on charges of genocide denial Friday, after he warned that he might be targeted by the government of President Paul Kagame.
Sarah Erlinder said an American attorney in Rwanda, who hasn't been allowed to represent her father, called her Monday morning to report the medical problems. In an interview Monday night, she said she had recently received word from U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office that the hospital wasn't "able