Hotel Rwanda 'Hero' Rusesabagina Asks to Be Tried as a Belgian

Paul Rusesabagina, the subject of the Hollywood film Hotel Rwanda, is insisting he is no longer a Rwandan citizen and should be tried as a Belgian, in the hope that this line of defence will win him court time outside the jurisdiction of the government in Kigali. His lawyers now want the judge at the Kicukiro Primary Court to conclude the matter of his identity before the case proceeds further. Prosecutors are opposed to the request, since Rusesabagina agreed to be identified as Rwandan, in previous court cases. The former hotel manager is portrayed in the film as saving Tutsi people during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He is an outspoken critic of President Paul Kagame.

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