His case has attracted widespread worldwide consideration partly as a result of his story of defending Tutsi company in the course of the genocide was made into a preferred Hollywood movie.
Rusesabagina, who says he was tricked into returning to Rwanda, has been denied his selection of protection attorneys, his household and their lawyer informed a web based information convention.
Instead, Rusesabagina’s protection crew was appointed by the federal government of Rwanda.
“This is unprecedented,” mentioned Peter Robinson, an American lawyer who has beforehand defended folks accused on the International Criminal Court and worldwide conflict crimes tribunals for Rwanda. “They are preventing Paul from being defended by lawyers of his choice.”
The overseas ministry and the justice ministry didn’t reply to requests for remark.
Robinson mentioned the household had appointed him and 6 different attorneys to defend Rusesabagina.
But their native lawyer — one of many six — has not been permitted to see Rusesabagina and his government-appointed attorneys haven’t communicated with Rusesabagina’s household, he mentioned.
Robinson urged the United States, Belgium and European Union to place stress on the Rwandan authorities to free Rusesabagina, who’s a Belgian citizen and lawful everlasting resident of the United States. He acquired the United States’ highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2005.
Rwanda has mentioned that Rusesabagina’s trial shall be fast, truthful and public. But his household need him freed.
“We ask Belgium to protect its citizen and bring him home as quickly as possible,” Rusesabagina’s youngest daughter Carine Kanimba, mentioned.
Rusesabagina’s eldest daughter Lys Rusesabagina appealed for her father to face trial in Belgium.
Rusesabagina has been charged with crimes together with terrorism, financing terrorism, arson, kidnap and homicide. He has informed a court docket that he backed opposition teams however denied any position in violence. On Friday, a Rwandan court docket will rule on Rusesabagina’s attraction towards the denial of bail.
“My dad is surrounded by people who want him to fall, from the gunmen around him to his lawyers pretending to defend him. He is fighting alone out there,” Rusesabagina’s son Tresor Rusesabagina mentioned.