No arrests in Rwandan spy chief's murder

2014-01-10 14:35
Patrick Karegeya, Rwanda's former spy chief. (File, AP)

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

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Johannesburg - No one has yet been arrested for the murder of Rwanda's former spy chief Patrick Karegeya, Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said on Friday.

On Wednesday the New Age reported that three Rwandan nationals had been arrested for Karegeya's murder.

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 Maputo, Mozambique, for Karegeya's murder.

"Gakwere 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.

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.

- SAPA
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