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Hotel Rwanda hero appears in Rwandan court amid tight security

Published by The Nation on Mon, 14 Sep 2020


Agency ReporterPaul Rusesabagina, portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwandas 1994 genocide, appeared in a Rwandan court amid tight security on Monday, where prosecutors are expected to formally charge him and hear his plea.The Rwanda Investigation Bureau had previously said he would face several charges including terrorism, financing terrorism, arson, kidnap and murder.Rwandan police have said that Rusesabagina, who called for armed resistance to the government in a YouTube video, was arrested on an international warrant.READ ALSO:Genocide: Never again in RwandaThe former hotel manager was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda using his job and his connections with the Hutu elite to protect Tutsis fleeing the slaughter.He later acquired Belgian citizenship and became a resident in the U.S.Rusesabagina has lived in exile since 1996 and is a strong critic of President Paul Kagames government.Kagame enjoys widespread credit for returning Rwanda to stability after the genocide and boosting economic growth; however, his rule has been tainted by accusations of widespread repression.(Reuters/NAN)
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