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 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 said on Friday that Rusesabagina was fine.
“What I can tell you is that he doesn’t even cough, he has no health problem at all,” she said.
Uwera said that Rusesabagina’s health is closely monitored because of his history with problematic blood pressure.
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. Rusesabagina is portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about the Rwandan genocide called Hotel Rwanda.