Rwandan Prosecutor wants to bring “Hotel Rwanda” hero Rusesabagina to justice
“Paul Rusesabagina is next after Ingabire” – says Rwandan prosecutor
Kigali – Government has evidence that exiled opposition politician Paul Rusesabagina and jailed Victoire Ingabire have been in constant contact and fundraising for the FDLR rebels, says the Prosecutor General.
Three former FDLR commanders Lt. Col Tharcisse Nditurende, Major Vital Uwumuremyi and Captain Jean Marie Vianney Karuta, all charged as Ingabire’s accomplices have provided valuation information on the link between Ingabire and Rusesabagina, according to Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga.
Rusesabagina is the inspiration behind the Hollywood movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’ in which he supposedly saved some 1200 people from being killed during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsis.
Before 2004, Rusesabagina was a taxi driver in Brussels, but using the money and fame from the movie, Rusesabagina has become one of the fiercest critics to President Kagame and his government.
With Ingabire facing terrorism charges over forming the CDF armed wing of her FDU Inkingi party, prosecution says Rusesagabina has been wiring money from his base in the United States to the FDLR rebels.
Ngoga says money in US dollar bills was wired from San Antonio (State of Texas) in the US to accounts in Burundi, DRC and Dar-es-salaam. No details have been availed by Ngoga as exactly the amounts which have been transferred and the dates.
The FDLR is a terrorist group and transferring such a large amount of money is a serious criminal offence, said Ngoga.
Meanwhile, the National Prosecutions Department says it has received indication from the United States and the Netherlands that they will cooperate with providing requested information to aid in the prosecution of Ingabire. Government had previously said Ingabire’s other cases have stalled because other countries were not cooperating.
The fiery government critic is spending her first day in the maximum security ‘1930’ prison after the Gasabo Intermediate Court ruled to remand her for 30 days. She has already filed an appeal against the ruling she angrily described in court on Tuesday as politically motivated.