Rwanda ex-spy chief 'murdered' in South Africa

Police in Johannesburg, where a former head of Rwanda's external intelligence service was found dead in a hotel. Photo/AFP/FILE

What you need to know:

  • Col Karegeya, in his early fifties, was for a long time very close to President Kagame.
  • He served as head of external intelligence for around a decade before being demoted to army spokesman and was later arrested and jailed.
  • He was stripped of his rank of colonel in 2006 and fled into exile the following year.

A former head of Rwanda's external intelligence service has been found dead at a hotel in South Africa, where he has lived in exile for several years, his opposition party said Thursday.

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