Arusha, February 9, 2011 (FH) - The National Public Prosecution Authority accused on Wednesday colonel Patrick Karegeya, a former member of President's Kagame entourage, to have played a role in fraudulently returning Felicien Kabuga's property to his children which had been frozen by the judiciary.

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Karegeya was the Head of External security in Rwanda before fleeing to South Africa where he currently lives in exile, strongly criticizing Paul Kagame's regime.

The International Criminal tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has issued an arrest warrant against Felicien Kabuga for his alleged participation in financing the 1994 genocide.

According to Prosecution spokesman Bernard Allain Mukurarinda, Patrick Karegeya returned to Kabuga's children, in 2003, two properties located in Kigali, and also paid their hotel bills for a total of 5 million Rwandan francs.

In October 2010, Rwandan army had accused Patrick Karegeya of sabotaging the government and international efforts to locate and arrest Félicien Kabuga.

"At one time when the security agencies were closing in on Kabuga in Kenya, it was Karegeya who tipped him off to escape in return for large sums of money," Brigadier General Richard Rutatina, the defence and security advisor to the president and Lieutenant- Colonel Jill Rutaremara, the defence and military spokesman, had claimed in an article published on the website www.mykagame.com.

In a document published in September, Patrick Karegeya, former chief of Army staff, General Faustin  Kayumba Nyamwasa, former Kagame chief of staff Theogene Rudasingwa and Gerald Gahima former Prosecutor general called for Kagame's regime ouster, claiming it is "repressive" and dictatorial.

On January 14 2011, the four men, currently in exile, were sentenced in absentia to 20 to 24-year in jail for "forming a terrorist group, threatening state security, undermining public order, promoting ethnic divisions and insulting the person of the President of the Republic".


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