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Aug 2015

Rwandan intelligence chief will not be extradited to Spain

A UK court has rejected an extradition case against Rwandan intelligence chief, Lieutenant General Karenzi Karake, allowing him to return home. Upon his departure from Heathrow in June, the General was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant issued by Spain over alleged war crimes in Rwanda. It was ruled, however, that Spain’s allegations did not amount to offences capable of prosecution under UK law. For extradition, the conduct alleged must amount to a crime in both the executing and requesting countries. The Spanish authorities conceded that the General had committed no offence that could be prosecuted in England. Mark Summers QC represented the General alongside a legal team from Omnia Strategy LLP headed by Cherie Blair CBE, QC. Aaron Watkins represented Spain.

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