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Rwanda denies Rusesabagina’s health is deteriorating

Paul Rusesabagina is charged with terrorism and murder

The prison authorities in Rwanda have denied claims from the Paul Rusesabagina foundation that his health is deteriorating in Kigali Prison as he awaits trial.

The foundation said on Friday that Mr Rusesabagina “continues to suffer from medical maltreatment as he is detained in Kigali”.

“In recent conversations with his family he has also complained of dizziness, headaches, and faintness, probably caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure and the conditions of his confinement,” a statement from the foundation reads.

The spokesperson for Rwanda’s correctional services Pelly Uwera told the BBC Great Lakes that Mr Rusesabagina was fine.

“What I can tell you is that he doesn’t even cough, he has no health problem at all,” she said.

Mrs Uwera said that Mr Rusesabagina’s health is closely monitored because of his history with problematic blood pressure.

Mr Rusesabagina will appear in court next Friday.

He was charged with terrorism and murder among other 13 counts. He has not yet entered a plea.

Mr Rusesabagina is portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about the Rwandan genocide called Hotel Rwanda.