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‘Hotel Rwanda’ Inspiration Rusesabagina Arrested on Terror Charges, Investigation Bureau Says

© REUTERS / CLEMENT UWIRINGIYIMANAPaul Rusesabagina, the man who was hailed a hero in a Hollywood movie about the country's 1994 genocide is detained and paraded in front of media in handcuffs at the headquarters of Rwanda Investigation Bureau in Kigali, Rwanda August 31, 2020.
Paul Rusesabagina, the man who was hailed a hero in a Hollywood movie about the country's 1994 genocide is detained and paraded in front of media in handcuffs at the headquarters of Rwanda Investigation Bureau in Kigali, Rwanda August 31, 2020. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Paul Rusesabagina, the former luxury hotel manager who is believed to have sheltered 1,200 Rwandan citizens during the 1994 genocide in the African country and was the subject of the 2004 Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda, has been arrested on terror-related charges, the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) said on Monday.
"RIB informs the general public that, through international cooperation, Paul Rusesabagina was arrested and is in the custody of RIB … Rusesabagina is suspected to be the founder, leader, sponsor and member of violent, armed, extremist terror outfits including MRCD [Rwanda Movement for Democratic Change] and PDR-Ihumure, operating out of various places in the region and abroad," investigators said in a Twitter thread.

The Rwandan authorities had issued an international arrest warrant against Rusesabagina, who had previously been living in exile. He is being held in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, and faces charges of terrorism, arson, kidnap, and murder, the RIB said.

In a separate tweet, Johnston Busingye, Rwanda’s minister of justice and attorney general, praised international efforts to detain Rusesabagina.

"Those suspected of killing and wreaking terror on Rwandans, those suspected of masterminding, sponsoring or financing terror against Rwandans, will be brought to justice. Thanks to international cooperation, global efforts to apprehend them continue to be pooled," the justice minister said.

Rusesabagina, who has been a staunch critic of the current Rwandan government, is said to have offered shelter to 1,200 Rwandans at Kigali’s Mille Collines hotel in 1994 amid the genocide that left an estimated 800,000 people dead.

The event was adapted into a 2004 film that went on to receive nominations for three Academy Awards.

US President George W Bush awarded Rusesabagina the Presidential Medal for Freedom in 2005.

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