Rwanda deported an American pastor hours after his arrest for “disturbing public order”, officials said.
Gregg Schoof was arrested on Monday and deported the same day directly to the United States, Rwanda director general of immigration Francois Regis Gatarayiha told Reuters.
He said Schoof’s visa expired and he requested time to prepare to leave the central African country, but “then engaged in activities disturbing the public order”.
Schoof emailed Rwandan journalists on Sunday inviting them to a news conference before he left the country.
Police arrested him at the venue of the planned news conference. Just before Schoof handed journalists a statement his church would move to Uganda because Rwanda denied his visa renewal application.
Schoof’s radio station in Rwanda was shut down last year after it aired a sermon said by women’s rights activists to “spread hate against women.” The sermon described women as “evil.”