The man portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood film in regards to the Rwandan genocide has been charged with terrorism, homicide amongst different crimes.
Paul Rusesabagina declined to enter any pleas in courtroom however his legal professionals denied the costs in opposition to him.
Mr Rusesabagina is the chief of the opposition MRCD group which is alleged to have an armed wing, the FLN, which phases assaults on Rwanda.
He was delivered to the courtroom beneath heavy safety in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.
Mr Rusesabagina is a fierce critic of President Paul Kagame and had been dwelling overseas.
An ethnic Hutu, he turned well-known after the 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda depicted his efforts a decade earlier throughout the genocide to save lots of lots of of Tutsis at a lodge the place he was a supervisor.
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Paul Rusesabagina’s household allege the political exile was kidnapped in Dubai earlier this month and brought to Rwanda.
Mr Rusesabagina, who can be a Belgian citizen and a US green-card holder, left his residence in San Antonio, Texas, and landed in Dubai on the finish of August, his household advised the BBC.
“We imagine he was kidnapped as a result of he would by no means go to Rwanda on his personal will,” his daughter advised the BBC.
Rwandan officers stated Mr Rusesabagina, 66, was arrested beneath a world warrant for main “terrorist actions”.
Why was he charged now?
Mr Rusesabagina’s title featured lately in a terrorism case in Rwanda. The courtroom had heard allegations that the National Liberation Front (FLN) insurgent group had obtained assist from Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu due to his shut friendship with Mr Rusesabagina.
Mr Lungu’s spokesman denied the allegation in a BBC interview.
In 2011, Mr Rusesabagina was accused of funding subversion in Rwanda, however no expenses have been introduced.
At the time, he denied any wrongdoing and stated there was a smear marketing campaign in opposition to him.
President Kagame’s critics accuse him of not tolerating any opposition. Several opposition leaders have been jailed and others fled into exile. He says he’s making an attempt to stop a return of ethnic hatred.
What is Hotel Rwanda about?
The 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda advised the story of how Mr Rusesabagina, a middle-class Hutu married to a Tutsi lady, used his affect – and bribes – to persuade navy officers to safe a secure escape for an estimated 1,200 individuals who sought shelter on the Mille Collines Hotel in Kigali.
Don Cheadle performed Mr Rusesabagina within the movie.
Rwandan genocide survivors’ group Ibuka has previously stated that he exaggerated his personal position in serving to lodge refugees escape the 100-day slaughter.
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In 2007, Mr Rusesabagina stated a UN-backed struggle crimes courtroom ought to put some members of the RPF on trial for his or her alleged position within the genocide.
“I’m only a regular particular person. But I’ve at all times defended human rights,” he stated on the time.
“I’m making an attempt to be the voice of hundreds of thousands of Rwandese who’ve no-one to talk out for them.”