Rwandan leader accused in killing of ex-spy chief

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The suspicious death of Rwanda’s former spy chief in a plush Johannesburg hotel is resurrecting allegations that Western-backed President Paul Kagame is orchestrating a campaign to kill opponents at home and abroad.

South African police opened a murder investigation after former Col. Patrick Karegeya’s body was discovered on New Year’s Day.

‘‘He was found in the hotel room dead on the bed,’’ said police spokeswoman Lt. Col. Katlego Mogale. ‘‘A towel with blood and a rope were found in the hotel room safe. There is a possibility that he might have been strangled.’’

Rwandan opposition leader Theogene Rudasingwa identified the hotel as the Michelangelo Towers and called the death an assassination that fit a pattern of attacks against prominent opponents of Kagame.

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