Cherie Blair, wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, has helped free a Rwandan spy chief arrested in London over alleged war crimes in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide.
She was seen giving instructions to barrister Mark Summers QC during an extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
General Karenzi Karake, who was visiting the UK to meet the head of MI6, stands accused of ordering massacres in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the murder of three Spanish and two British aid workers.
The director general of Rwanda’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) was detained in Heathrow airport on Saturday under a European Arrest Warrant issued by Spain, who indicted him in 2008.
Cherie Blair’s law firm Omnia Strategy represented the Rwandan government at the hearing, which granted Karake bail under a bond of £1 million (US$1.57 million).