Rwanda’s President Kagame denounces UK

KIGALI - Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has launched a scathing verbal attack on the UK government after the arrest of his intelligence chief.

In his first comments since the arrest, Mr Kagame said it was a continuation of "colonialism" and accused the British of "arrogance and contempt".

Karenzi Karake was detained at London's Heathrow Airport on Saturday, in response to a European Arrest Warrant.

He is accused of ordering massacres in the wake of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

The president said that the British authorities "must have mistaken [Gen Karake] for an illegal immigrant. The way they treat illegal immigrants is the way they treat all of us".

He added that the British had been patronising, "wagging a finger at the African and telling him this is where you belong. We are no longer the African that belongs there".

Gen Karake has appeared in a London court.

In Rwanda, protests have continued outside the British High Commission in the capital, Kigali.

Protesters have threatened to remain until the Gen Karake is released.

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