A British court has rejected a bid to extradite Rwanda's intelligence chief to Spain to stand trial for war crimes.

Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, a Rwandan general, had been free on bail after he was arrested at Heathrow Airport in June by British police acting on a European arrest warrant.

The general, a close ally of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, was one of 40 members of the Rwandan military indicted in 2008 on charges of terrorism and genocide by a Spanish judge.

Britain's Crown Prosecution Service said Monday that the relevant laws on the alleged conduct in the case do not cover acts of non-British nationals.