2 January 2014

Rwanda: Former Rwandan Spy Chief Murdered

The South African police said Thursday that they had opened a murder investigation into the death of an exiled former spy chief from Rwanda and critic ... ( Resource: Body Of Former Rwandan Spymaster Is Found In Johannesburg Hotel

Johannesburg — A former Rwandan spy chief has been found murdered in his Sandton, Johannesburg, hotel room, Gauteng police said on Thursday.

Patrick Karegeya's body was found on Wednesday around 5.30pm at the hotel on Maude Street, with his neck swollen, Lt-Col Katlego Mogale said in a statement.

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 a number of years.

"A case of murder has been opened by the Sandton police and investigations are underway," said Mogale.

Eye Witness News reported on Thursday that his body was found in the Michelangelo Towers hotel.

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