Internal Documents Incriminate Paul Rusesabagina Did the “Hotel Rwanda” Hero Become a Terrorist?

As the manager of the Hôtel des Mille Collines in Kigali, Paul Rusesabagina saved more than a thousand people from genocide in Rwanda. Now he’s on trial in the country on charges that he's a member of a terrorist organization.
Defendant Paul Rusesabagina during a court appearance in Kigali in February

Defendant Paul Rusesabagina during a court appearance in Kigali in February

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DER SPIEGEL 12/2021
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Rwandan President Paul Kagame doesn't shy away from breaking the law to go after his critics.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame doesn't shy away from breaking the law to go after his critics.

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A scene from the film "Hotel Rwanda," with actor Don Cheadle playing Paul Rusesabagina in 2004: "Paul didn't turn anyone away."

A scene from the film "Hotel Rwanda," with actor Don Cheadle playing Paul Rusesabagina in 2004: "Paul didn't turn anyone away."

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UN soldiers in front of the Hôtel des Mille Collines in 1994: An orgy of violence

UN soldiers in front of the Hôtel des Mille Collines in 1994: An orgy of violence

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Rusesabagina’s life was turned upside down overnight and he went from driving a taxi to being a celebrity.
Rusesabagina's daughter Anaïse Kanimba: "My father never wanted to be president of Rwanda."

Rusesabagina's daughter Anaïse Kanimba: "My father never wanted to be president of Rwanda."

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