The hero of “Hotel Rwanda” refuses to appear before his trial

Paul Rusapjina, star of “Hotel Rwanda”, who has been on trial since mid-February in Kigali for “terrorism”, did not appear at his trial on Wednesday and told prison authorities that he would not attend the hearings any longer because he believed he would no longer attend the hearings. I was raped. Your right to defend yourself.

Rusapagina, 66, the former manager of the Thousand Hills Hotel in Kigali, became famous for his 2004 film about how he saved more than 1,000 people during the genocide in Rwanda.

This moderate Hutu became a critic of the regime of Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

He had been living in exile since 1996 in the United States and Belgium, and was arrested at the end of August in Rwanda under special circumstances, when he got off a plane he thought was going to Burundi.

He and his lawyers reported “kidnapping.”

Paul Rosabagina has been charged with nine counts, one of them with terrorism. He is being tried for allegedly supporting the National Liberation Front, a rebel group accused of carrying out deadly attacks in Rwanda in recent years.

On March 12, he announced his intention to boycott the sessions, considering that his rights had been “violated” after his request to postpone the trial for at least six months to prepare his defense was rejected.

His family claims they had no access to more than 5,000 pages of his file.

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