Moving freely under an international arrest warrant: Karenzi Karake seen in London on Rwanda Day

May 26th, 2013 at 17:46 | By | Category: News

Karenzi Karake, current head of the Rwandan National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) who is internationally wanted by Spanish courts for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, was spotted moving freely in London last May 18th.

Karenzi Karake at Rwanda day in London

In different pictures taken during the meeting led by President Kagame last Rwanda Day in London, Karake, also known as ‘‘KK’’, is seen sitting calmly in the section of Rwandan officials despite the fact that he is under an international arrest warrant issued by Spanish courts in February 2008 , and should therefore be arrested and delivered to Spain. Yet, to our knowledge, Karake was able to come and go as he pleased on British soil.

This happened in spite of the warrant against KK stating he is the ‘‘highest responsible’’ for the massacres and elimination of the Hutu population in the districts of Nyakinama and Mukingo in Rwanda.

‘‘[Karake] knew of, and had approved, the killings of the [Hutu] civilian population from 1994 to 1997 in the towns of Ruhengeri, Gisenyi and Cyangugu, among which include the killing of three Spanish aid workers from Doctors of the World’’, reads the warrant.

Furthermore, Human Rights Watch (HRW) expressed great concerns regarding KK’s ‘‘military record’’ as a commanding officer of Rwandan troops in Kisangani, DRC, in June 2000, and his role in the killings of nearly a thousand civilians.  Referring to both Rwandan and Ugandan forces, the human rights organization said ‘‘both sides acted with blatant disregard for the lives of the civilians present in Kisangani’’ and asked for ‘‘further investigation into the conduct of General Karake’’. If found guilty, HRW suggested for KK to be removed from his position as a Deputy Commander in the joint Mission in Darfur of the United Nations/African Union (UNAMID).

With such accusations, General Karake would normally not venture to London for he would not be granted a visa. In any case, he would be immediately arrested according to international law.  For these reasons, in 2011, France already refused KK an entry visa prior to a presidential visit.  President Kagame retaliated by saying that the arrest warrants are politically motivated and only serve to limit the free movement of the accused.

Karenzi Karake at Rwanda day in London


Now, it seems the UK has kindly allowed for this alleged criminal’s ‘‘free movement’’, thereby violating international laws and agreements. In fact, KK’s presence at Rwanda Day suggests that even with a curriculum vitae filled with one serious crime after the other, one can still travel to the UK as he pleases. What is Great Britain’s agenda?



KK was named head of the NISS on July 13th 2011, following several other rearrangements in the Rwandan intelligence services made by President Kagame. In the new position, he gained more contact with the diaspora and the international community through Rwandan intelligence officials in Brussels, Paris and London. Earlier in 2010, during his time in the Rwandan army,  he spent a few months under ‘‘house arrest’’ for ‘‘misconduct inconsistent with the principles that govern the discipline of the Rwandan Defense Forces’’. He was released after being “forgiven” by military authorities.

Jane Nishimwe


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3 Comments to “Moving freely under an international arrest warrant: Karenzi Karake seen in London on Rwanda Day”

  1. patrick says:

    You guys are not serious. You are still quoting the spanish so called indictments, you saw what happened to the so-called ‘judge’ brugerrie’ or whatever he’s name is and he’s ‘FAKE indictment, or are you going to deny that as well?. When will you learn to trust in your own. WHo are these people who determine our fate? who are they who determine what we do? why do you always look upto them, when will you determine your own future? Do you not believe in what you can do for your country? You are weak and make no sense whatsoever quoting the same nonsense, day after day…you are the real enemies and you still disappoint and do not have anythihng to contribute to the future of Rwanda other than whinge???!!! why?


  2. Twine Alex says:


    Super power nations are good when they exploit us,but when we reject your motives in us vividly Rwandans,you just point us to ICC.

    ICC was before and we are strongly rejecting its protocols of identifying only African leaders.But in actualsense when African leaders are driven by you super powers and when thy mess,you turn thento dance the tune of ICC!

    Keep your selves far from African leaders beause you make them mess up to big extend due to your carnal super thinking.


  3. mariam says:

    Jane Nishimwe, you should be professional. Afande KK is a seriuos and Professional high ranking military. Even those powers who want to surbotage Rwanda know he is great at home, in the region and in Sudan. God bless you.


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