Hotel Rwanda hero denied bail in terrorism trial

NEWS: Hero of Hotel Rwanda denied bail in terrorism trial

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 08:24 am

Paul Rusesabagina, whose movements during the 1994 Rwandan genocide inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda”, was once denied bail by a Kigali court docket 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 once kidnapped abroad.

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

The 66-year-old had requested to be released to acquire clinical care. He is a cancer survivor and suffers from a heart condition and hypertension,

Rusesabagina, a Hutu, became well-known as a resort supervisor who sheltered lots of Tutsi at some point of the Rwandan genocide.

After the genocide, Rusesabagina became increasingly more necessary 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 teens in armed groups.