KIGALI – The Rwandan Justice on Monday arrested Paul Rusesabagina, the former manager of the Hotel Des Milles Collines in Kigali, who inspired the movie “Hotel Rwanda” and saved hundreds of people during the genocide against the Rwanda. 1994 Tutsis.
“Rusesabagina is suspected of being the founder, leader, sponsor and member of violent, armed and extremist gangs,” explained Mulangira Thierry, spokesman for the Rwanda Investigations Office (RIB), who has him in custody at the Remera police station, in the capital.
Rusesabagina, 66, became a very critical opponent of President Paul Kagame and lived in exile between Belgium and the US, where he created a foundation that promotes reconciliation to prevent further genocides.
The former manager of Rwanda’s most famous hotel, which housed more than 1,000 Tutsis and Hutus during the genocide to save them from extremist Hutus, had an international arrest warrant charged with crimes such as murder and kidnapping of Rwandan civilians.
The Rwandan Prosecutor’s Office accuses him of belonging to “terrorist gangs” such as the opposition platform Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD-Ubumwe), of which he was founder, and which has military arms that have attacked in Rwandan territory.
Rusesabagina’s work at the Hotel Mil Colinas inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” (2004), based on the story of this influential Hutu businessman, married to a Tutsi woman, who managed to protect his facilities from the military and genociders. about 1,200 people.
The continent has more than 5,000 infected and exceeds 170 dead.
In 2005, former US President George Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work and heroic deeds.
However, the Ibuka Genocide Victims Association assures that its role as savior in the Rwandan genocide, in which some 800,000 people were killed in just over 100 days, has been exaggerated.
The Prosecutor’s Office accused him in 2010, together with the opposition leader Victoire Ingabire, of financing terrorist activities and armed groups. On those charges, Ingabire, Kagame’s main political enemy, was arrested and sentenced to 13 years in prison, until her release on presidential pardon in September 2018.
The suspect and his children were allegedly selling the “miracle” product, which was actually chlorine dioxide, from Colombia to customers in the United States, Colombia and Africa.
In an interview with Efe in 2014, the opponent said that at the beginning he supported the current president, but “the Kagame government has been becoming less democratic every year. There is neither shared power nor political space.”
“I think he has become a millionaire dictator who cares about his own fortune, not the Rwandans,” he explained then.