Patrick Karegeya: Mozambique investigates killing

Patrick Karegeya in 2010 Patrick Karegeya formed an opposition party in 2010

Mozambican police are investigating the possibility that suspects in the murder of Rwanda's ex-intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya were in the country, spokesman Joao Machava has said.

The body of Mr Karegeya was found in a hotel in South Africa on 1 January.

Mr Karegeya was stripped of the rank of colonel after falling out with his ex-ally, Rwanda's President Paul Kagame.

His allies say government agents killed him - a charge denied by Rwanda's high commissioner to South Africa.

South African police say Mr Karegeya, 53, might have been strangled. A rope and bloodied towel were found in the safe of the hotel room where his body was discovered, they said.

Mr Karegeya, who formed a Rwandan opposition party in exile in 2010, had lived for the past six years in South Africa, where he had been granted political asylum.

Williams Nkurunziza, Rwanda's high commissioner to the UK: "Karegeya had become a declared enemy of the state"

Earlier this week, President Kagame warned that those who betrayed Rwanda would face "consequences", without mentioning any names.

Rwandan dissidents in several Western countries, including the UK and US, say local security agents have warned them of plots to kill them.

The Rwandan government has denied trying to kill its opponents.

Mr Kagame, who has been accused of not tolerating opposition, maintains that Rwanda needs a strong government to prevent a return to ethnic conflict.

Correction 17 January 2014: This story has been amended to remove information previously supplied by the police that four people had been detained.

More on This Story

Rwanda: Haunted Nation

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Africa stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • SailingGame on

    BBC Capital discovers why certain sports seem to have a special appeal for those with deep pockets

Programmes

  • European Union's anti-terrorism chief Gilles de KerchoveHARDtalk Watch

    Anti-terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove on the threat from returning Islamic State fighters

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.