Paul Rusesabagina who happened to be the hero that protected so many lives in his hotel during the Hotel Rwanda saga in 1994, will be given the verdict of a court case filed against him. The courts will be passing its verdict on Friday.
The prosecuting side is aiming that the verdict for the once Hotel Rwanda saviour who turned into a political critic would be a life sentence.
The 67-year-old ex hotel owner used his position as an icon and political hero to lash out at authoritarian leader Paul Kagame, and was apprehended by Rwandan security personnel at Kigali when the plane he hoped was headed was Burundi landed in Kigali instead.
Rusesabagina’s family claim he was abducted by the Rwandan government who accused him of terrorism and have about nine charges against him; the family accused the government of trying to get back at the political critic for his open assessment of the government.
In February, court hearings started the procession against the 67-year-old and 20 other defendants; however, the ex hotel owner who also happened to own citizenship of Belgium and the US had foregone attending trials since March because he believed the court procession was full of misappropriation.
A charity foundation founded by Rusesabagina stated that the legal cases taken up by the government against the 67-year-old were performances meant to shroud the intent to eliminate criticisms.
He had left Rwanda in 1996 to live in Belgium after berating Kagame’s reign while he used the advantage of the platforms he had to seek changes for Rwanda.
Kagame’s government alleges the 67 year old of being in support of a rebel group called National Liberation Front which the government accuses for the murder of 9 people in the attacks Rwanda witnessed during 2018 and 2019.
Rusesabagina denies allegations against him; his family tags him a political prisoner, and the US is pushing questions regarding the authentic reason for his capture.