How the protagonist of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ went from hero to prisoner for terrorism
Critic of the current president was taken to the country in an obscure way and alleges persecution.
As the manager of a five-star hotel where 1,268 people took shelter to escape the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina was known for his cold temperament – a quality that kept killers at bay, helped ensure the survival of all guests and inspired a Oscar nominated film, “Hotel Ruanda”, which took its story to the global audience.
Now Rusesabagina is back in Rwanda, but this time under arrest, in a Spartan cell in the central police station in Kigali. He still retains the figure of a quiet hotelier – well-pressed blazer, white shirt, shiny loafers – while he struggles to explain the latest twists and turns in a life story that threatens to surpass even his version of Hollywood.
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