Rwandan President Slams U.K. Arrest of Intelligence Chief

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame said the arrest by U.K. authorities of the East African nation’s intelligence chief was unacceptable and showed contempt for African nations.

“The arrest of the Rwandan official shows absolute contempt for Rwanda and Africa,” Kagame told lawmakers in parliament in the capital, Kigali. “Rwanda will not accept this rubbish of injustice.”

General Karenzi Karake, director of Rwanda’s National Intelligence and Security Services, was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London on June 20 and appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court after being detained under a European Arrest Warrant. Karake was indicted by a Spanish judge in 2008 for alleged war crimes related to the genocide in Rwanda in 1994.

The Westminster court on Thursday granted bail on conditions that included he pay a 1 million-pound ($1.6-million) bond, the Telegraph newspaper reported. Karake has refused to be transfered to Spain voluntarily and is next due in court in October for an extradition hearing, the newspaper said.

The U.K. is a major donor to Rwanda, supporting programs that focus on boosting agriculture, improving basic services and strengthening governance.

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