KIGALI, Rwanda – Paul Rusesabagina, is portrayed in the film “Hotel Rwanda” as a hero who saved more than 1,200 people from the country’s 1994 genocide, which the Rwan government arrested on terrorist charges Hai, the police announced on Monday.
A well-known critic of President Paul Kagame, Rusbagina had been living outside Rwanda since 1996 and the police did not say where he was caught. He was living in Belgium and then Texas in America.
In handcuffs and a facemask, 66-year-old Rubesabina was shown to the press in Rwanda’s capital Kigali on Monday by police. He has not yet been formally charged in court.
“Through international cooperation, the Rwanda Bureau of Investigation wants to inform the general public that Paul Rusabagina has been arrested,” police said in a statement on Monday.
“Rusesabagina is suspected to be the founder, leader, sponsor and member of violent, armed, extremist terrorist organizations, including the Rwanda Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD), operating out of various locations in the region and abroad. “
Police said there was an international arrest warrant for Rusabagina to answer charges of serious crimes including terrorism, arson, kidnapping and murder, a crime committed against unarmed, innocent Rwandan citizens in the Rwandan region. Police told the media in Kigali that investigations would continue against Rousabagina and further information would be released about her alleged activities.
Rusebagina has previously denied the government’s allegations that it financially supports Rwanda’s rebels.
Roussebina has been a major critic of Kagame’s government, calling it a dictatorship and urging Western countries to pressure the government to respect human rights.
Government supporters dismissed Rusebagina’s criticism, stating that Kagame’s leadership supports democracy and economic development.
Rusebagina has won several international accolades, including the United Nations Presidential Medal, which was awarded to him in 2005 by President George W. Bush.
The Rwandan government disputed Rusabagina’s story about rescuing survivors at a hotel in Kigali during the genocide, in which more than 800,000 Tutsi and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed along with the Hutus.
The 2004 film “Hotel Rwanda” married a tutti, using his influence as a manager of the Hotel des Mille Collins, to shelter more than 1,200 huts in hotel rooms. , Shown to Rutasbagina. In the film, Rusebagina was played by actor Don Cheadle.
Ibuka’s executive secretary of the Rwandan survivors’ organization, Nafrat Ahishkai, said the arrest of Runsabegina was good news for the survivors of the massacre. Ahishaki said that Rusebagina accused people of recovering money to survive in the hotel.