Daughter of detained man behind 'Hotel Rwanda' says she was spied on by Israeli software
July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - FEBRUARY 27 : the daughter of Paul Rusesabagina, Carine Kanimba is photographed for Paris Match on February 27, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Frederic Lafargue/Paris Match via Getty Images)
Carine Kanimba, the daughter of Paul Rusesabagina, a former hotelier who inspired the movie "Hotel Rwanda," has accused Rwandan authorities of spying on her using Pegasus, a software designed to track terrorists and criminals.
(CNN)The daughter of Paul Rusesabagina, a former hotelier who inspired the movie "Hotel Rwanda," has hit out at Rwandan authorities after a report emerged that she was on a list of people targeted by Pegasus, a military-grade spyware licensed by an Israeli company to governments.
Carine Kanimba's phone number was among "more than 3,500 phone numbers of activists, journalists, political opponents, foreign politicians, and diplomats" allegedly targeted by Pegasus at the behest of the Rwandan government since 2016, according to report by Amnesty International and Paris-based journalism network Forbidden Stories.
Kanimba told CNN in a phone interview she believes that she is a target because of the work she has been doing to free her father, who faces life imprisonment for terrorism-related charges in Rwanda.
Kanimba told CNN an Amnesty International team contacted her in April to inform her that conversations she had with officials of foreign governments aimed at securing her father's release had been bugged through Pegasus.
"The forensics team confirmed that during my meeting with the Belgian foreign affairs minister, my phone was being surveilled throughout the entire duration of the meeting and up until 30 minutes after I left, and no one else has any interest in this conversation other than the Rwandan government because this was specifically about my father and how to get him released out of Rwandan prison. "
Kanimba said the investigation's forensics team also informed her there were several attempts to infect her phone as she met with various government officials to try to free her father.
Kanimba said she is worried that their legal strategy to secure her father's release of her father could already be known to the Rwanda government.