Paul Rusesabagina who was portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie, “Hotel Rwanda” about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, has been charged to court on charges of terrorism.
Rusesabagina leads an opposition group, the Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change, which has an armed wing called the National Liberation Front. The 66-year-old has Belgium citizenship and was living abroad.
Vincent Lurquin, his lawyer is said to be having difficulties getting into Rwanda “In order to go to Rwanda, there is a big procedure, especially with visas. So we hope that the Rwandan government will accept that we have visas in order for us to defend Mr. Rusesabagina over there.
“But I have to tell you that the talks between the Belgian and the Rwanda authorities on that front are not progressing much. .”
His lawyer has urged his provisional release. “The conditions of his detention are very tough for him and for his health. But other than that he cannot talk about anything else as he is never alone, even when he speaks with his family over the phone,” said Lurquin.
It is not clear how Rusesabagina came to be in Rwanda and his family allege that he was kidnapped in Dubai.
Rusesabagina is credited with saving more than 1,2000 Rwandans by sheltering them in a hotel.