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Patrick Karegeya: Mozambique investigates killing

  • 15 January 2014
  • From the section Africa
Patrick Karegeya in 2010
Image caption 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.

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.

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