RWANDA: Paul Rusesabagina denied bail in terrorism trial

Paul Rusesabagina

Paul Rusesabagina, whose actions during the 1994 Rwandan genocide inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda”, was denied bail by a Kigali court on Thursday.

Rusesabagina, a critic of the Rwandan government, has been living in exile for years. He holds both Belgian citizenship and a US Green Card.

He has been charged with terrorism after being arrested in shady circumstances. According to his family, he was kidnapped abroad.

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The court ordered his detention for at least 30 days pending his trial. He has said he will appeal.

The 66-year-old had asked to be released to receive medical care. He is a cancer survivor and suffers from a heart condition and hypertension, Rusesabagina, a Hutu, became famous as a hotel manager who sheltered hundreds of Tutsi during the Rwandan genocide.

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After the genocide, Rusesabagina became increasingly critical of President Paul Kagame’s Tutsi-dominated government, accusing his ruling party of authoritarianism and anti-Hutu sentiment.

He has also been charged of financing militant groups, murder, arson and conspiracy to involve children in armed groups.

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