Kagame’s ex-body guard accused of terrorism
Posted Tuesday, November 5 2013 at 02:00
Rwanda National Police (RNP) says their investigations indicate that Lt Joel Mutabazi, a former body guard to President Paul Kagame, is linked to a terrorism network led by members of Rwanda National Congress (RNC) party.
Though police from both countries had earlier alleged that Lt Mutabazi had been on Kigali’s wanted list over an alleged bank robbery in 2011, the Rwanda police now say investigations link him to the recent grenade attacks in Kigali.
“Investigations by RNP identified Mutabazi as a suspect in grenade attacks in Rwanda and as part of a larger network led by RNC,” said Police spokesperson Damas Gatare in a statement.
Lt Mutabazi, however, has previously claimed political persecution by Rwanda and had sought asylum in Uganda, which had been offered. His eligibility for refugee status was still under review, although the Office of the Prime Minister and the United Nations refugee office were managing his welfare.
Mr Gatare denied that the arrest was done in contravention of any international laws on refugees. “This was done in keeping with ongoing collaboration between Rwanda and Uganda police to fight and prevent transnational organised crimes through Interpol and the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation framework. Lt Mutabazi will face the due process of the law,” said Mr Gatare.
Mr Douglas Asiimwe, a senior Refugee Protection Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, said Lt Mutabazi was “kidnapped” without their knowledge and the police need to explain what happened.