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A 2007 file photo of Rwandan president Paul Kagame at a conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Opposition leaders have accused Mr. Kagame of ordering the assassination of Rwanda’s former spy chief Patrick Karegeya, who was found dead, possibly strangled, in his room at a Johannesburg hotel on Jan. 1, 2014.
A 2007 file photo of Rwandan president Paul Kagame at a conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Opposition leaders have accused Mr. Kagame of ordering the assassination of Rwanda’s former spy chief Patrick Karegeya, who was found dead, possibly strangled, in his room at a Johannesburg hotel on Jan. 1, 2014.
(Sayyid Azim/Associated Press)

GEOFFREY YORK

Dissident’s murder casts shadow over Rwanda’s economic miracle

It seemed like the perfect crime. When the police entered the posh Michelangelo Towers in Johannesburg’s business district on New Year’s Day and found the lifeless body of Patrick Karegeya on a bed in the luxury hotel, his killer was long gone. The person who strangled the Rwandan dissident had enough time to disappear into the city and perhaps even to flee the country.