'Hotel Rwanda' Hero Accused of Terrorism

Paul Rusesabagina, who helped save more than 1,200 lives, is accused of funding terrorism.

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Paul Rusesabagina

Fresh from our "Say it isn't so" file, Rwandan authorities have accused Paul Rusesabagina -- the man who saved more than 1,200 lives during the Rwandan genocide, and whose heroic deeds were later depicted in the 2004 Hollywood movie Hotel Rwanda -- of funding terrorism. Rusesabagina's actions earned him the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. AOL's Theunis Bates is reporting that authorities in the central African nation say they intend to issue an arrest warrant for Rusesabagina, whom they accuse of funding anti-government terrorists. Rwanda's general prosecutor Martin Ngoga told Reuters that the former hotel manager had sent cash to senior members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a Hutu rebel group based in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ngoga also alleged that Rusesabagina was working with Victoire Ingabire, the leader of the country's main opposition party, who was arrested and accused of aiding terrorists last week. She has denied all of the charges. Rusesabagina, who left his homeland in 1996 after receiving credible death threats, has called the allegations "baseless," saying they are proof of Rwandan President Paul Kagame's growing authoritarianism. The former hotel manager is an outspoken critic of the leader, who he says is systematically eliminating his political opponents. Wow, sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. The question is, who is telling the truth?

Read more at AOL.