Rwanda’s President Kagame denounces UK over Karake arrest

In his first comments since the arrest, Mr Kagame said it was a continuation of “colonialism” and accused the British of “arrogance and contempt”.

Karenzi Karake was detained at London’s Heathrow Airport on Saturday, in response to a European Arrest Warrant.

He is accused of ordering massacres in the wake of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

The president said that the British authorities “must have mistaken [Gen Karake] for an illegal immigrant. The way they treat illegal immigrants is the way they treat all of us.”

Gen Karake is due in court in London shortly, in his first public appearance since being arrested.

In Rwanda, protests have continued outside the British High Commission in the capital, Kigali.

Protesters have threatened to remain until the Gen Karake is released.

William Gelling, the UK’s High Commissioner to Rwanda, addressed the crowd briefly on Wednesday.

“All I can say is that this was a legal decision as you understand, on behalf of the Spanish legal authorities.

“The UK is a very close partner with Rwanda,” he said, as quoted by AP.

Spanish investigative judge Andreu Merelles indicted Gen Karake in 2008 for alleged war crimes, along with 39 other current or former high-ranking Rwandan military officials.

He is also accused of ordering the killing in 1997 of three Spanish nationals working for Medicos del Mundo.




 

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