South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has issued warrants of arrest for two Rwandan nationals believed to have been involved in the murder of Col. Patrick Karegeya.
Col Karegeya, a former Rwandan Head of Intelligence who fled the country after falling out with President Paul Kagame in 2007, was found strangled to death in his hotel room in Sandton Johannesburg on January, 1st 2014.
Police believed Karegeya had been murdered the day before.
The two suspects, for whom warrants of arrest were issued today are Ismael Gafaranga and Alex Sugira.
The other two suspects, (all are believed to be in Rwanda), are Samuel Niyoyita and Nshizrungu Vianney.
The NPA, ChimpReports understands is currently in the process of applying for the extradition of Sugira and Gafaranga.
As soon as the extradition request is granted, the NPA will apply to Interpol for the issuing of so-called “Red Notices” for the suspects.
Adv. Gerrie Nel, the lawyer of the late Karegeya’s family made the announcement of the issued warrants today.
Nel, who heads AfriForum, a South African legal non-profit, described the development as a “big victory.”
He in the past, had accused the NPA of dragging its feet in the matter and attempting to avoid prosecution of the suspects, especially following last year’s meeting between Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and Paul Kagame, in which it was resolved for the countries’ good relations to be restored.
“The only feasible conclusion is that the NPA wanted to avoid a prosecution,” said Nel.
“We welcome the current steps and hope that the NPA will continue with the process keenly. AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit and the family of the deceased will closely monitor the process.”