‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero Refused access to Attorney, Fans say

JOHANNESBURG — Supporters of this guy portrayed in”Hotel Rwanda” state Rwandan authorities have denied that lawyer accessibility to Paul Rusesabagina almost a week following the outspoken government critic was paraded in handcuffs and convicted of terrorism.

In a statement early Saturday, the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation stated Rusesabagina, a U.S. permanent resident along with Belgian citizen, has had no consular visits, and it refused the Rwandan government’s claim that it had spoken to his sons about a prospective trip as”not correct.”

“Paul’s spouse has called the prison and hasn’t yet been permitted to speak to him” it added.

The family has said that they think he had been”kidnapped” through a trip to Dubai which he wouldn’t have boarded a plane for Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. He’s lived beyond the East African country since 1996.

Rwandan authorities haven’t responded to questions regarding where and how Rusesabagina had been apprehended, and haven’t shared any global arrest warrant. They’ve known”international cooperation” but provided no specifics.

“There’s a deliberate attempt to sanitize and current Rusesabagina as a sufferer,” the state-run Rwandan paper The New Times stated in an editorial Saturday that refused allegations that he had been detained due to his criticism of the authorities.

Rwandan authorities have given what they called an “exclusive” interview with Rusesabagina into a Kenyan newspaper, The East African American, where he stated he was treated with”kindness” but didn’t talk about the accusations against him or her the way he had been apprehended.

It isn’t evident when Rusesabagina will appear in court.

Police called him that the supposed”founder, pioneer, host and member of violent, armed forces, extremist terror outfits such as the Rwanda Movement for Democratic Change.”

Rwanda points into a video posted on the internet in 2018 where Rusesabagina states”it is crucial in 2019 we accelerate the liberation struggle of the Rwandan people… the time has arrived at us to use any way possible to bring about change in Rwanda, as all political methods have been attempted and failed.”

Rwanda detained NLF spokesman Callixte Nsabimana this past year.

Rusesabagina previously has denied the charges he financially supports Rwandan rebels, saying he’s being targeted at criticizing the government of President Paul Kagame over human rights abuses.

Rusesabagina’s detention has prompted concern among human rights activists this was the most recent case of the Rwandan authorities targeting critics beyond its borders.

The U.S. government has stated it anticipates the Rwandan authorities to provide”efficient treatment, adhere to the principle of law, and offer a fair and transparent legal procedure” for Rusesabagina.