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Cherie Blair secures bail for Rwanda spy chief

By David Mercer

Cherie Blair helped secure bail for Rwanda's intelligence chief yesterday as he fights extradition to Spain in connection with alleged war crimes.

The wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court in London where she was working as part of General Karenzi Karake's defence team.

The 54-year-old director-general of Rwanda's national intelligence agency was arrested in the UK on behalf of authorities in Spain, where he is wanted over alleged crimes against civilians.

He is accused of ordering massacres while head of military intelligence in the wake of the 1994 Rwanda genocide, and of ordering the killing of three Spanish aid workers.

Karake refused to consent to extradition to Spain after the country issued an arrest warrant on charges of genocide, conspiracy to commit murder and being part of a terrorist/criminal organisation in Rwanda.

Karake confirmed his name and date of birth as District Judge Quentin Purdy granted him conditional bail with a security of £1m.

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