Mr. Rusesabagina, 67, has Belgian citizenship and the right to reside in the United States.
In his statement on Monday, the Deputy Prime Minister and Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmès said he was aware of the reading of the case of Mr Rusesabagina in Kigali.
“At the conclusion of the case and despite the fact that Belgium has continued to demand this point, it is clear that Mr. Rusesabagina has not been tried in a transparent and fair trial;
According to Ms. Wilmès, the Rwandan government said the meeting, which both sides planned to hold on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, “will no longer takes place”.
Ms. Wilmès also argues that the judicial principle of acquittal of the defendant until convicted is also “disregarded”. “So this raises questions about the case and the court’s decision,” he said.
The Rwandan government last night responded to a statement from Belgium saying, “It shows the contempt of the Belgian government for the Rwandan judiciary since the beginning of the trial, despite the significant contribution made by the Belgian authorities in an investigation into the case. “
A statement from the Rwandan government said, “Those killed in the FLN terrorist attacks are not well-known, and they have the same rights to justice as Mr. Rusesabagina and his accomplices.”
For its part, the United States, where the Rusesabagina family lives in the state of Texas, said it was “concerned about the convictions committed by the Rwandan government” for its legal population.
In a statement, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Ned Price said:
“We continue to emphasize the importance of complying with all legal requirements in these proceedings and have expressed concern that these requirements are not being impartially complied with in line with Rwanda’s international commitments.”
“We are concerned that Mr. Rusesabagina’s remarks have been linked to his refusal to meet with his lawyers in secret and without prejudice to the relevant documents and the fact that he was initially terminated by lawyers.”
“We urge the Government of Rwanda to take steps to address these deficiencies in the case of Mr. Rusesabagina and to put in place future measures to prevent such defects,” Mr Price added.
Mr. Rusesabagina became known around the world after his controversial story based on the film ‘Hotel Rwanda’, which claims to have saved more than 1,200 people during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
His convictions in connection with the attacks on Rwanda by the FLN coalition belonging to the MRCD-UBUMWE coalition were among its leaders.