UK court rejects bid to extradite Rwandan spy chief

AP News
Posted: Aug 10, 2015 1:35 PM

LONDON (AP) — A British court on Monday rejected a bid to extradite Rwanda's intelligence chief to Spain to stand trial for war crimes.

Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, a Rwandan general, had been free on bail following his arrest at Heathrow Airport in June by British police acting on a European arrest warrant.

The general, a close ally of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, was one of 40 members of the Rwandan military indicted in 2008 on charges of terrorism and genocide by a Spanish judge.

Britain's Crown Prosecution Service said Monday that the relevant British laws on the alleged conduct in the case do not cover acts of non-British nationals.

Karake's arrest in June prompted angry responses from Rwanda's government. Kagame complained that the charges against the general were politically motivated and a sign of contempt and arrogance by Western countries.

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Spanish courts have used the principle of universal jurisdiction to indict current or former government leaders or terrorism suspects, but extraditions and convictions have been rare.