Paul Rusesabagina, who as manager of the Mille Colines hotel saved more than a thousand Tutsis and moderate Hutus and whose story is known worldwide through the film “Hotel Rwanda”, appeared in court this Monday, where he was charged with thirteen terrorism charges.
During the hearing, which was attended by two of the detainee’s lawyers, Rusesabagina was charged with, among other things, murder, terrorism, terrorist financing, arson and terrorist group formation, according to the Rwandan newspaper “New Times”.
One of the lawyers, David Ruzaga, has tried to challenge the jurisdiction of the court before which he appeared, arguing that Rusesabagina’s seat in Rwanda is not within the territorial jurisdiction of the court, that his client lives and does not live abroad in Rwanda to commit the crimes he is accused of.
However, the prosecutor in charge of the case, Oscar Butera, has argued that foreigners – Rusesabagina is a Belgian national and a resident of the United States – does not exempt anyone from the crimes against Rwandans. “Despite the fact that the suspect is Rwandan and has never renounced his citizenship, we also try to deal with foreigners who have committed crimes here,” he said.