3 held for Rwandan spy chief's murder - report

2014-01-08 09:56
Patrick Karegeya, Rwanda's former spy chief. (File, AP)

Patrick Karegeya, Rwanda's former spy chief. (File, AP)

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Johannesburg - Three Rwandan nationals have been arrested for the murder of the country's former spy chief Patrick Karegeya, The New Age reported on Wednesday. The report was later refuted by the Hawks.

Karegeya, 53, had been living in exile in South Africa for a number of years. He was found dead in the Michelangelo Towers Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, last Wednesday.

Private investigator Chad Thomas told the paper that Rwanda's Lieutenant Colonel Francis Gakwere was among those arrested in a hotel in Maputo, Mozambique, for Karegeya's murder.

"Gwakere was also a prime suspect in the failed hit on General Kayumba Nyamwasa in 2010 but there was insufficient evidence to allow the charges to stick," Thomas was quoted as saying.

Three other suspects were still on the run.

Hit squad

According to The New Age, Rwandan exiles in Mozambique alerted local police to the presence of the suspects in the country. They are believed to be part of a hit squad targeting opposition party members.

Karegeya's nephew David Batenga said he last saw his uncle with a close family friend Apollo Kiririsi at the hotel.

The New Age reported that Kiririsi had since been seen in Rwanda and had denied any involvement in the killing.

Former Rwandan army chief-of-staff Lieutenant General Kayumba Nyamwasa and others have accused Rwandan President Paul Kagame of ordering Karegeya's assassination.

Kagame has denied the claims.

- Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko later told the SABC that no arrests had been made at this stage. He said the Hawks were working closely with their Rwandan and Mozambican counterparts.


- SAPA
Read more on:    paul kagame  |  patrick karegeya  |  mozambique  |  rwanda  |  johannesburg  |  southern africa  |  east africa
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