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Karegeya murder case at sensitive stage: Hawks   

Friday 17 January 2014 11:43

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Patrick Karegeya’s body was found at an upmarket hotel in Sandton on New Year’s Day.   (SABC)

South Africa’s elite crime fighting unit, Hawks, says their investigation into the murder of Rwandan ex-spy chief, Colonel Patrick Karegeya, is at a sensitive stage.

Karegeya’s body was found at an upmarket hotel in Sandton on New Year’s Day.   

Hawks spokesperson, Paul Ramoloko has denied reports that quoted the Mozambican police's spokesperson, Joao Machava, as saying four people suspected of involvement in the murder had been arrested.

Mozambican authorities could not be reached for comment.

Ramoloko says the South African police are following up all leads.

“Our investigation into the death of Karegeya has reached a more sensitive stage.  The arrests which are being spoken about in Mozambique do not exist. We are in direct contact with our Mozambican counterparts and we have not made any arrests yet, ” says Ramoloko.   

Meanwhile, Karegeya will be laid to rest in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Family spokesperson, David Batenga says they would have liked to bury Karegeya in his country of birth, however, there have been issues related to his dual citizenship.

“He was born in Uganda and grew up there. He later moved to Rwanda, where he was a spy chief. He has been living in South Africa as a refugee since 2008. Ideally, he wouldn't go back to Rwanda for the burial, but we had expected to bury him in Uganda. This never happened because of political issues that are connected between Uganda and Rwanda,” says Batenga.

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