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‘Hotel Rwanda’ Hero Admits Backing Rebels, Denies Violence – NBC New York

The man portrayed as a hero within the film ‘Hotel Rwanda’ has admitted in court docket that he backed a insurgent group, however denied that he supported any violence or killings.

Paul Rusesabagina, in a pink jail uniform for his bail listening to on Friday, informed the court docket in Kigali, the capital, that he helped to type the National Liberation Front to be able to assist Rwandan refugees, however he by no means supported violence.

The decide has postponed ruling on his utility for bail till Oct. 2.

Rusesabagina, a Belgian citizen and U.S. everlasting resident who has been a outstanding critic of President Paul Kagame, is charged with 13 offenses that additionally embody financing terrorism, complicity in homicide, recruiting little one troopers, and forming a insurgent group. If convicted, he faces a most of 25 years in jail. It’s not clear when his trial will start.

Rusesabagina, 66, has lived outdoors Rwanda since 1996 however out of the blue on Aug. 31, he appeared within the East African nation in handcuffs.

Earlier this month, he described how he disappeared whereas visiting Dubai after which turned up days later in Rwanda, a rustic his household says he’d by no means return to voluntarily. Speaking to The New York Times with Rwandan authorities current, he mentioned he thought the personal aircraft he boarded in Dubai was going to Bujumbura, Burundi, the place he had deliberate to talk to church buildings at a pastor’s invitation.

Instead, Rusesabagina stepped out of the aircraft and was surrounded by Rwandan troopers, the report mentioned. He mentioned he was then tied up, couldn’t see something and didn’t know the place he was.

The Rwandan court docket has mentioned he was arrested at Kigali International Airport, contradicting the sooner police model that he was arrested via “international cooperation.” Kagame earlier this month indicated that Rusesabagina could have been tricked into boarding the aircraft, including; “It was actually flawless!”

Human Rights Watch has asserted that Rusesabagina was “forcibly disappeared,” saying that the dearth of lawful extradition proceedings means that Rwandan authorities don’t imagine their proof would stand as much as impartial scrutiny.

Rusesabagina had requested to be launched on bail, citing poor well being that has brought on him to be taken to a hospital 3 times since his arrest.


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