3 March 2010

Rwanda: Kayumba, Karegyeya Behind Terror Attacks - Prosecution

Kigali — The former High Commissioner to India, Lt. Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa and Patrick Karegyeya, are accused of having been the brains behind the recent grenade attacks in the city that left two dead and scores injured.

Speaking to journalists yesterday, Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga, revealed that the two former senior officers are charged with acts of terrorism and causing insecurity in the country.

"We have evidence that both of them were involved in acts that led to state insecurity which include grenade attacks in Kigali city and other parts of the country," the Prosecutor General said.

He added that before Gen. Kayumba fled to South Africa through Uganda last week, he had been questioned about the charges.

"Karegyeya was not questioned about those acts because he has been away for some time".

Karegyeya fled the country after completing an 18-month jail sentence for desertion and insubordination. He was also stripped of his military ranks by the Military Tribunal.

Ngoga confirmed media reports that the two officers are in South Africa, adding that it is where they have been meeting to plan their acts of insecurity in Rwanda. Ngoga said that South Africa was cooperating to have the officers extradited.

"We are happy with the legal procedures so far, and the response from South Africa up to now is good. Whatever follows, we think will lead to their arrest and being handed over to judicial authorities" Ngoga said.

"It's still an issue that is developing at technical level between us and South African authorities and the process is ongoing".

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs last week announced, in a statement, that "Lt. Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa ceased to represent the Republic of Rwanda to the Republic of India and any other country or institution, with immediate effect".

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