International law protects individuals who have been granted asylum and considers that a state has no obligation to surrender an alleged criminal
South Africa’s President Zuma confirmed to reporters at the end of his two-day state visit to Uganda on Friday that his country had granted asylum to Col. Patrick Karegeya, former director of Rwanda’s external intelligence office, and temporary asylum to Lt. Gen. Kayumba Nyamaswa, an envoy to India.
Responding to a reporter’s question over whether South Africa would execute arrest warrants for the two exiled army officers, who Rwanda accuses of subversion, President Zuma said: “Certainly, we are going to be guided by what governs the world in regards to refugee status.”
“I don’t think we can do anything outside of that,” said Mr Zuma, who admitted, however, that South Africa had not considered the issue of the two exiled officers in light of the arrest warrants.
“Once the matter is formally raised, am sure we shall consider it and arrive at the appropriate conclusion,” he said, according to Sunday Monitor newspaper.
International law protects individuals who have been granted asylum and considers that a state has no obligation to surrender an alleged criminal to a foreign state because to be granted sanctuary indicates that the state granting asylum regards the individual as being illegally persecuted by the country they fled from.
It appears a complicated matter for officials in
Lt. Gen. Nyamaswa escaped from
Meanwhile, the Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF) has dismissed reports in
“We are tired of those [coup] rumours,” he told Sunday Monitor on telephone from
This is the second time reports of a coup plot are coming up in less than a month even though Rwandan leader Paul Kagame said at the beginning of March that a coup is unattainable in