This story has been updated HERE with information on Peter Erlinder's return to the US and updates on the case he was arrested while defending.
American Professor Peter Erlinder could be back home as soon as Friday after a harrowing detention in a Rwandan prison. Rwandan President Paul Kagame reversed the decision by one of his judges by granting medical bail to Professor Erlinder. Erlinder was hospitalized after being arrested May 28th. It is unclear why he was hospitalized and what condition he is in. Rwandan leaders say Erlinder attempted suicide by swallowing pills while in Rwandan prison, Erlinder's family denies those allegations.
Erlinder is accused of violating Rwanda's strict genocide denial laws. As many as one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered during the genocide beginning in April of 1994. Now, the country is rebuilding with policies forcing united reconciliation and strict laws against denying the genocide or anything that could foster 'genocidal ideologies'. Professor Erlinder says he doesn't deny massive violence happened in April 1994, but contends it's inaccurate to blame just one side for the atrocities. The current leaders of the Rwandan government, the Rwandan Patriotic Front and President Paul Kagame are credited with stopping the 1994 genocide, but the methods they used to put a stop to the slaughter have been criticized by several academics and historians as being too violent.
The National Lawyer Guild, of which Erlinder is a past-president, is calling for all charges against him to be dropped. If convicted, he faces 25 years in prison in Rwanda. A rally for his release originally scheduled for Friday, June 18th at the United Nations has been canceled.
Peter Erlinder is a law professor at William Mitchell Law School in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Erlinder is also a long time human rights advocate and Lead Defense Counsel for the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda, where he defends those accused of perpetrating the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Erlinder is known throughout the legal community for accepting unpopular defendants as clients in hot-button, international issues.
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Dr. Manuel Torres and his colleague Professor Paul Luckham (see references below), both of Imperial College in London, have been working together for nearly ten years to develop a material that can be sprayed onto the human body to serve as clothing and can also be taken off, washed, and used again.
The result is a spray-on liquid material called Fabrican spray-on fabric, that can be sprayed using high pressure or from an aerosol can. And though it has a slight resemblance to silly string, it is most assuredly a different product, and that is because Fabrican dries on contact and is able to hold up under use; and then, it can be taken off as can any other garment, washed in a regular laundry washing machine, and then put back on again.
The benefit to the wearer is that the garment is literally custom fit, in that the result looks very similar to a tight tee-shirt. Though this can be changed by applying more layers of Fabrican, and then through using different colored material in whichever way suits you.
The Fabrican spray-on material is made of very short fibers that combine with polymers that serve to bind the fibers together. A solvent is used to keep the material in a form for spraying until the spraying actually occurs; the solvent then evaporates. The short fibers can come from cotton, wool, linen or any other organic matter that can be fashioned into short fibers.
The Fabrican spray-on material was introduced by the researchers in connection with the college by putting on a fashion show with live models wearing clothes that were created using nothing but the Fabrican spray-on material, which allowed for custom designed tops, dresses and skirts. The fashion show was such a success that it made news all over the world and has resulted in a lot of interest from designers, as well as others in other industries for other applications such as furniture covering and medical applications such as spray-on bandages for burn victims or as a means for delivering pain medication to people with severe injuries.
It's not hard to peer into the future to see that spray-on clothes could become commonplace as people look for ways to produce clothes for less money and that fit better than anything they can buy currently.
As of now, the only drawbacks to these new spray-on materials appears to be that not everyone wants to be seen in such form fitting clothes, and the fact that because they are generally delivered via aerosol can, the application is a very cold process, if only for a brief moment.
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