KIGALI (Reuters) – Paul Rusesabagina, depicted in a Hollywood film as a hero who aided preserve Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide, mentioned he thought he was traveling to Burundi at the invitation of a pastor, but was instead lured to Rwanda and arrested on terrorism costs.
Rusesabagina was speaking to the New York Times in an job interview the paper stated had been authorised by the Rwandan authorities and had taken location in the existence of govt officers.
The 66-12 months-outdated political dissident and former lodge supervisor was propelled to fame after the Oscar-nominated film “Hotel Rwanda” portrayed him working with his connections with the Hutu elite to shield Tutsis fleeing slaughter in the course of the 1994 genocide.
He experienced been dwelling in exile for a lot more than a decade, in which he was a prominent critic of President Paul Kagame, accusing him of stifling political opposition.
Rusesabagina abruptly appeared in custody in Rwanda earlier this month, prompting accusations from his spouse and children that he experienced been kidnapped. But he suggests he voluntarily boarded a non-public aircraft in Dubai that he considered was bound for Bujumbura, Burundi, in which he had planned to discuss to church buildings at the invitation of a neighborhood pastor.
Instead, he landed in Kigali, the place he now faces thirteen prices, like terrorism, complicity in murder and forming or joining an irregular armed group.
A spokesman for the prosecution on Wednesday informed Reuters that Rusesabagina, who the moment referred to as for armed resistance to the federal government in a YouTube video clip, faces a possible lifetime sentence.
He was denied bail on Thursday and will keep in jail for 30 times as the prosecution ends its investigations.