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‘Hotel Rwanda’ Hero Denied Legal Rights, His Foundation Says

  • Rusesabagina’s lawyers ask UN special rapporteur for help
  • President Paul Kagame denies Rusesabagina was kidnapped
Paul Rusesabagina in Brussels in 2019. 

Paul Rusesabagina in Brussels in 2019. 

Photographer: Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP  via Getty Images

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Rwandan authorities have held Paul Rusesabagina, a former hotel manager who sheltered people during the nation’s 1994 genocide, incommunicado after abducting him, according to his foundation.

Portrayed as a hero in the Oscar-nominated 2004 Hollywood movie ‘Hotel Rwanda,’ Rusesabagina was shown to the media in handcuffs at the Rwanda Investigations Bureau’s headquarters last week. The authorities didn’t disclose how they arrested the 66-year-old, who is a Belgian citizen and has permanent residency in the U.S.