15 March 2010

Rwanda: Judges Censuring Rusesabagina Are Fighting Fraud


Kigali — In the last one year, Paul Rusesabagina, who has been portraying himself as a hero who purportedly saved thousands of Tutsi during the Genocide, has been censured by two courts of law across two continents, as a fraud whose testimony cannot be admissible.

The rulings came about as Rusesabagina was volunteering as a defence witness for Genocide suspects in the UK and at the ICTR in Arusha. In the latter case he was barred from testifying on similar grounds, as in the UK, that his testimony was false.

However, the humiliation and embarrassment in court, has not put an end to his profiteering from the Genocide.

Rusesabagina's ill-gotten fame has opened new avenues for his avarice. He does not hesitate to use the misfortunes that befell many orphaned children to line his pockets.

Rusesabagina claims to be helping orphans, but he is yet to show an iota of proof of this new-found magnanimity. While he claims that his foundation is aimed at preventing future genocides, he is hobnobbing with Genocide deniers and defends Genocide criminals in various forums.

Many people who took refuge in the Milles Collines Hotel during the Genocide, known only too well the elaborate lie that is Rusesabagina.

He extorted money from them before the hotel owners ordered him to stop, but he goes around peddling his lies and hoodwinking unsuspecting westerners that they are actually dealing with a real life hero.

If only they could get to know that after the Genocide, he set up a transport company in Zambia using the proceeds from his racket; his imaginary world would come crumbling down.

Paul Rusesabagina has taken the world for a ride for too long, but he may not be able to hide much longer, as the judges in the UK and Arusha have demonstrated.

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