'Hotel Rwanda' Hero Goes on Trial for Terrorism


Paul Rusesabagina, the polarizing hero of the hit movie “Hotel Rwanda,” went on trial Wednesday in a closely watched case in Kigali where he stands accused of serious crimes. The 66-year-old’s arrest, his limited access to an independent legal team, and his reported worsening health have drawn international concern.

Rusesabagina, praised for saving ethnic Tutsis during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide and awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, faces 13 charges including terrorism, complicity in murder, and forming an armed rebel group. Rwanda asserts that civilians in the country’s southwest died in 2018 and 2019 because of groundwork planned by Rusesabagina.

After leaving Rwanda in 1996, Rusesabagina became an outspoken opponent of the government, which he accuses of numerous human rights violations. Rusesabagina in the past has denied funding rebel groups and said he was being targeted over his criticism of President Kagame’s government.

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France 24