South Africa’s National Prosecution Authority (NPA) has issued arrest warrants for two of the four alleged suspects that murdered Former Rwandan chief spy Col. Patrick Karegeya.
These arrest warrants have been a response to concerns by the AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit submitted by their leader Gerrie Nel.
The arrest warrant move follows the January incidence when the Magistrate ordered the investigating officer in the case to indicate which steps he had taken to arrest the alleged Rwandan suspects- he said the “identities and whereabouts of these individuals are known”.
Meanwhile, this inquest was removed from the role on the previous occasion after Advocate Gerrie Nel Head of AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit brought an application to the effect that there is no reason for the leading of evidence in a formal inquest, as the Magistrate already had all the evidence that would enable him to make a finding in terms of liability.
“We hope that the NPA will now fulfill their legal responsibility and prosecute these suspects to the full extent of the law,” says Adv. Nel.
According to the AfriForum, South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) failed to institute prosecution for five years and decided in January 2019 to submit the matter to the magistrate for a judicial inquest to be held into the death of Karegeya.
In 2013, Karegeya, had sought asylum in South Africa after fleeing Rwanda, he was later found strangled in a hotel room in Johannesburg.
Karegeya’s family and other persons with vested interests in this matter approached AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit seeking help to determine why his death was not being properly investigated nor investigated with a view of arresting and prosecuting the people responsible.
AfriForum has also noted that the only feasible conclusion is that South Africa’s Prosecution Authority intended to avoid a prosecution.
“We welcome the current steps and hope that the prosecution authority will continue with the process keenly,” AfriForum said in a statement published on their website on Monday.
This private prosecution unit said that the NPA is also in the process of applying for the extradition of Ismail Gafaranga and Alex Sugira – it added that as soon as this extradition request is granted, the NPA will apply to Interpol for the issuing of the so called red-notices for these suspects.