السبت , يونيو 13 2020

UK dismisses Rwanda spy chief case

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A UK court has rejected a bid to extradite Rwanda’s spy chief to Spain to stand trial for his alleged role in massacres after the 1994 genocide.

Karenzi Karake was on bail in the UK following his arrest in June on a warrant issued by Spain.

His arrest strained diplomatic relations between the UK and Rwanda.

A Spanish judge indicted Gen Karake in 2008 for alleged war crimes. The UK ruling has been welcomed by Rwanda’s Justice Minister Johnston Busingye.

Gen Karake had been the victim of “an unjust case”, he said.

Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said she was “delighted” that Gen Karake was returning to Rwanda.

“This was an unnecessary and abusive process,” she said in a tweet.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame had strongly condemned Gen Karake’s arrest, saying the UK was showing a “colonial” mentality.

He was on an official visit to London when police arrested him.

Spanish authorities had wanted to put him on trial on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and terrorism, including the 1997 killing of Spanish aid workers.

Rwanda has always maintained that Gen Karake was innocent, and the charges were politically motivated.

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