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Kigali hints at involvement in assassination of former spy chief

Cape Town, South Africa - The Rwandan government has hinted at its involvement in the high-profile assassination of former spy chief, Patrick Karegeya, killed in South Africa last week, saying that there are “consequences” for turning against the regime in Kigali.

Rwandan Prime Minister Pierre Habumuremyi was responding to claims by Karegeya’s friends that he had been killed by the regime.

“Betraying citizens and their country that made you a man shall always bear consequences to you,” he said on his Twitter account.

Karegeya’s body was discovered in a luxury Johannesburg hotel on New Year’s Day and indications are that he had been strangled.

From 1994 to 2004, Karegeya was Director General, External Intelligence in the Rwandan Defence Forces. He was stripped of his rank of Colonel in 2006 by a military tribunal after which he fled the country in 2007.

Meanwhile, Paul Ramaloko, a spokesman for South Africa’s Hawks crime-fighting unit, said while investigations are continuing into the murder, no arrests have been made.

Media reports claim that Mozambican police have questioned a Rwandan military officer in connection with the incident.

Pana 10/01/2014