No bail for accused in Rwandan general Nyamwasa shooting in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG — South African police officers say that one of the accused in the attempted murder of an exiled Rwandan general offered a $1 million bribe to police to release him upon arrest.
A South African court on Thursday denied Pascal Kanyandekwe bail because of sworn affidavits from two police officers describing the offered bribe. The magistrate said if Kanyandekwe tried to avoid arrest, he may have intent to flee.
Gen. Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa has been in South Africa since reportedly falling out with Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Nyamwasa’s wife says Kagame was behind the shooting of her husband in Johannesburg in June that left him hospitalized with a bullet wound in the stomach. Rwanda’s government denies involvement.
The magistrate said he would not speculate on whether the murder attempt was backed by the Rwandan government.