Rwanda’s former spy chief ‘murdered’ in South Africa

The Michelangelo Towers hotel in Johannesburg, where former colonel Patrick Karegeya was found dead. Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images

The Michelangelo Towers hotel in Johannesburg, where former colonel Patrick Karegeya was found dead. Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images

Rwandan opposition leaders say the country’s former spy chief has been found strangled in a hotel in South Africa and have accused President Paul Kagame of ordering his assassination.

The opposition coalition Rwandan National Congress (RNC) said on Thursday that Patrick Karegeya, a former colonel and wartime ally who turned against Kagame in peace, was found strangled in a room at Johannesburg’s Michelangelo Towers hotel.

The RNC’s coordinator, Theogene Rudasingwa, said in a telephone call from Washington that it was unclear if Karegeya had been killed on Tuesday or Wednesday.

He said the death followed a pattern of attacks ordered by Kagame, accusations the Rwandan government vehemently denies.[Full story]