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NPA acts in Rwanda spy boss murder case

Publish date: 09 September 2019
Issue Number: 840
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: General

The NPA has told private prosecutor Gerrie Nel that it has issued warrants of arrest for two of the four alleged murderers of Rwanda's former head of intelligence, AfriForum said in a statement today (Monday). Colonel Patrick Karegeya had sought refuge in SA, but was found strangled in a Sandton hotel room on 31 December 2013. At the request of the Karegeya family, AfriForum's private prosecution unit, headed by Nel, brought the matter back to the courts as it sought to pursue a private prosecution if the NPA opted not to prosecute the suspects, reports TimesLIVE. In April this year, the Randburg Magistrate's Court referred the case back to the NPA for it to decide whether it would prosecute the suspects. Yesterday AfriForum said it had been informed that the NPA was also in the process of applying for the extradition of the other two suspects. As soon as the extradition request is granted, it said, the NPA will apply to Interpol for the issuing of 'Red Notices' for the suspects. AFP reported in 2014 that Karegeya was the head of external intelligence in Rwanda for around a decade before being demoted to army spokesperson. He was later arrested and jailed. He was stripped of the rank of colonel in 2006 and went into exile in 2007.

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