Monday, February 26

Hero of Hotel Rwanda Paul Rusesabagina Arrested for Terrorism

Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager who saved more than a thousand people during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism.

 

His exploits were filmed in the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda (2004), but now the authorities in Rwanda see him as a terrorist guilty of arson, kidnapping and murder.

Rusesabagina was arrested abroad, according to the police. The terrorist activities he is suspected of taking place in 2018. More has not been disclosed about this.

The former hotelier lived in Belgium and is an outspoken critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who has been in power since 1994.

Rusesabagina sees him as a dictator who allegedly had opposition members killed and activists arrested and tortured.

In 1994, Rusesabagina, as manager of the Hotel des Diplomates in Kigali, managed to save nearly 1,300 Tutsis and moderate Hutus from the hands of murderous militias.

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