Paul Rusesabagina, whose role in saving people from the 1994 genocide was celebrated in the film Hotel Rwanda, has been arrested and is being held in Rwanda on terror charges.
The 66-year old was awarded the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.
The Rwanda Investigation Bureau said Rusesabagina was arrested abroad where he was living in exile and sent back to Rwanda.
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He was arrested on an international warrant for forming and leading “terrorist movements” operating in the region, the Bureau said.
Paul Rusesabagina has long been a critic of the Rwandan government. In 2011, he was accused of funding subversion in Rwanda, but no charges were brought. Rusesabagina denied the accusation, labeling it a smear campaign against him.
“The 2004 film Hotel Rwanda told the story of how Mr Rusesabagina, a middle-class Hutu married to a Tutsi, used his influence – and bribes – to convince military officials to secure a safe escape for the estimated 1,200 people who sought shelter at the Mille Collines Hotel in Kigali. Rwandan genocide survivors’ group Ibuka has in the past said that he exaggerated his own role in helping hotel refugees escape the 100-day slaughter in 1994,” the BBC noted.