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Karegeya assassination: South African Police hunt for Rwandan ex-spy chief’s killers

Police, Hawks hunt for Rwandan ex-spy chief’s killer

Patrick Karegeya

Former Rwandan spy chief Patrick Karegeya.

Johannesburg 3 January 2014 -The hunt for the killer of former Rwandan spy chief Patrick Karegeya is continuing, say Gauteng police and the Hawks.

“We are exploring all avenues,” Hawks spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko said today.

Karegeya’s body was found in a hotel room at the Michelangelo Towers Hotel in Sandton, at about 5.30pm on Wednesday.

Lt-Col Katlego Mogale said she could not immediately comment on developments in the investigation.

She would neither confirm nor deny reports that security camera footage from the hotel is forming part of the investigation.

“It is police procedure, where a crime was committed and CCTV footage of the scene exists [for it] to be viewed by investigators.”

Mogale said yesterday that when Karegeya’s body was found, his neck was swollen.

A bloodied towel and rope were found in the hotel room safe.

“There is a possibility that he might have been strangled,” she said.

Karegeya (53) booked into the hotel on Sunday. He was the former head of Rwanda’s external intelligence service and had been living in exile in South Africa for several years.

Today, The New Age reported that a man identified as Apollo Kiririsi was allegedly being sought in connection with the murder.

Karegeya’s nephew David Batenga reportedly told the newspaper that he and his uncle had picked Kiririsi up from a Gautrain station and taken him to the hotel.

Batenga left the men after a few hours. He tried to call Karegeya on his cellphone on Tuesday evening but received no response. The police were alerted when Karegeya’s phone was still switched off the next morning, the newspaper reported.

– Sapa

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