Crime & Justice

Hotel Rwanda hero Rusesabagina denied bail

Kigali, Sep 17 (efe-epa).- A Rwandan court on Thursday denied bail to Paul Rusesabagina, who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda about the African nation’s 1994 genocide.

Rusesabagina, who helped save hundreds of Tutsis while he was the manager of the Hotel Des Milles Collines in Kigali, was arrested in Dubai at the end of August and taken to the Rwandan capital.

He was remanded in custody at Kicukiro District Court in Kigalion where he appeared on charges related to terrorism.

Judge Dorothy Yankurije ordered Rusesabagina to be held in provisional detention for 30 days.

The defendant, who was present in court and applied for bail on the grounds that he is in ill health, said he would appeal the judge’s decision.

Rusesabagina, 66, has five days to file that lawsuit.

The judge issued the ruling after the prosecutor’s office filed 13 terrorism charges against the former hotel manager on Monday.

The prosecution has accused him of giving money to the militia National Liberation Front, the armed wing of the Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change, the party he leads.

Rusesabagina’s family say he was captured on 28 August while on a stopover in Dubai and abducted to Rwanda.

The Rwandan government has said he was arrested on 31 August at the international airport in Kigali.

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