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Vol 55 No 2

Published 24th January 2014


Rwanda

Murder in the Michelangelo

The killing of a political opponent to President Kagame in a Sandton hotel has riled Pretoria and could have wider consequences

The arrest in Mozambique of three Rwandans this week in connection with the murder in South Africa of Colonel Patrick Karegeya, Rwanda's opposition leader and former spy chief, will further strain relations between Kigali and Pretoria. Karegeya was found dead on 1 January in a hotel room at the Michelangelo Towers in the plush Sandton district, north of Johannesburg. South African diplomats are maintaining a discreet silence about Karegeya's murder although the audacity of the killing in the country's main business district has prompted outrage behind the scenes. The security services have hired private investigators to assess the forensic evidence at the hotel and elsewhere.

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