Rwanda has confirmed that its intelligence chief, General Karenzi Karake, who is wanted in Spain for alleged war crimes, has been arrested in London.
Karake is accused of ordering a number of massacres while head of military intelligence during the 1994 genocide. The BBC reports that Karake was arrested Saturday at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Rwandan Justice Minister Johnston Busingye said the government is seeking clarification from British authorities on the reasons for Karake’s arrest.
“Our intelligence chief was in London for seven days, from the previous Saturday to this gone Saturday. And, on his way back, he was prevented from boarding his flight and was not allowed to proceed home. He was detained at the airport and then transferred to another place,” he said.
Busingye said Karake is due in court Thursday and Kigali wants more information on the case.
“We are expecting more information and clarification from the United Kingdom government. We are working with the relevant institutions to find out exactly what is going on. Until now, I think, we are treating it as a case which is going to court on Thursday,” Busingye said.
Busingye declined any comment on whether Karake was arrested because of his alleged involvement in massacres while head of military intelligence.