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‘Hotel Rwanda’ Hero Terrorism Trial Kick Starts

Paul Rusesabagina
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By Staff Reporter

‘HOTEL Rwanda’ hero … is in trial answering to charges of terrorism in Rwanda after he appeared in his country last year after so many years, only to wake up in hand cuffs.

Paul Rusesabagina was hailed as a hero during the grim days of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, credited with saving the lives of more than 1,200 people he sheltered at his hotel.

Rusesabagina has been criticizing the Rwandan government with his pointed criticism from exile in the years after the blood bath but the prosecution is drawn broad international condemnation.

In August 2020, the 66-year-old former hotelier who lived in Belgium and the United States, was paraded before the press in shackles in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, with no explanation from the authorities as to how he had come to be there.

The trial kick starts today, Wednesday 17 February 2020 and is being handled by the High Court Chamber for International Crimes and will be held in the trial chamber of the Supreme Court in Kigali.

The terrorism accused Rusesabagina has been a staunch critic of Rwandian President Paul Kagame for years.

Paul Rusesabagina
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