Fifth person charged in ‘assassination’ case

2010-07-29 11:28

A fifth person was charged in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court today for the attempted murder of a former Rwandan general.

Pascal Kanyanbekwe appeared briefly along with co-accused Juma Huseni, Ahmed Ali, George Francis and Shafiri Bakari.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said a third charge of conspiracy to commit murder had also been added, along with attempted murder and possession of suspected stolen property.

The case was postponed to August 12 to verify their legal status in the country.

The group was accused of having shot and wounded Lieutenant-General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa outside his home in Melrose, north of Johannesburg, on June 19.

Nyamwasa had been exiled in South Africa since February.

He was accused in his home country of trying to destabilise Rwanda and also allegedly linked to three grenade attacks in that country’s capital.

The justice department is still deciding whether South Africa should consider a Rwandan extradition request for Nyamwasa.

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