‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero’s family wants international trial after ...


‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero’s family wants international trial after ‘kidnapping’

Paul Rusesabagina, the inspiration for the Hollywood film, faces a raft of charges, including terrorism

Nazanine Moshiri

The family of Paul Rusesabagina, hailed a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, has demanded authorities in Kigali charge him in an international court after his sudden detention, his son said on Wednesday.

Rusesabagina, a former hotel manager, was played by Don Cheadle in the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda, which told how he used his job and his connections with the Hutu elite to protect Tutsis fleeing the slaughter.

Rwandan police said on Monday that Rusesabagina, who called for armed resistance to the now Tutsi-led government in a 2018 YouTube video, had been arrested on terrorism charges on an international warrant. His family accuses Rwanda of kidnapping him, saying they last heard from him in Dubai...

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