Four men have been found guilty of trying to kill Rwanda's former army chief, Lt-General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, in South Africa. Nyamwasa, who escaped to South Africa after falling out with his former ally, President Paul Kagame, was attacked and shot in June 2010.
Nyamwasa, who escaped to South Africa after falling out with his former ally, President Paul Kagame, was attacked and shot in June 2010.
The magistrate, Stanley Mkhari, said he was satisfied that Hemedi Dendengo Sefu, a Tanzanian national, was the gunman during the attack. He also said Amani Uriwane, a Rwandan national, Hassann Mohammedi Nduli and Sady Abdou - both Tanzanians - were his accomplices.
Another two suspects were acquitted by the South African Magistrate. Those acquitted are Rwandan businessman Pascal Kanyandekwe, 32, and 38-year-old Richard Bachisa who was Kayumba’s driver on June 19, 2010 when the General was attacked as he drove into his residence in Johannesburg. Kayumba was shot in the stomach and the bullets are still lodged in his spine.
The attack strained relations between South Africa and Rwanda with the former accusing the latter of planning and sponsoring the attack. Rwanda has denied involvement in the shooting.
The sentences will handed down on 10 September.
Gen Nyamwasa was in court in Kagiso near Krugersdorp, about 25km north-west of Johannesburg. He was quoted by the BBC as saying the magistrate has correctly observed that the conspiracy to kill him was politically motivated. He has on several occasions accused President Kagame of planning to eliminate voices critical of his government. On December 31 last year, his friend and fellow dissident, Colonel Patrick Karegeya, was found strangled in a hotel room in Johannesburg. Fingers have been pointed at the Kigali government.