Uganda: Court Appeals Author from Captivity in Germany | News

The author flew to Germany earlier this year, becoming the second government official to leave Uganda in less than six months.

A Ugandan court has issued an arrest warrant for a world -winning writer who flew to Germany last month to seek treatment for injuries he said were inflicted on him during abuse by security personnel, his lawyer said.

The warrant was issued on Wednesday.

In December, Kakuc Rukirabashaija was arrested and detained for nearly a month, then charged with verbal offenses related to tweets accusing President Yoweri Museveni and his son.

“It’s true that the court issued an arrest warrant for him,” his lawyer Eron Kiiza told Reuters. “It’s just a continuation of his abuse because the court could have chosen to try him when he went, yes, but they decided to abandon that choice.”

After his release in January, Rukirabashaija said he was abused by security personnel during his detention. Photographs of her body showed signs of violence, which provoked the public.

He told a local NTV broadcaster that he had been punched in the stomach, shot, shot with a gun and danced to death, and that his abusers had used screws to tear pieces of meat from pieces. of his body.

Police said they could not speak on the abuse charge as they were part of Rukirabashaija’s trial.

In February he announced he had left the country and traveled to Germany, where he said he would seek medical treatment.

Rukirabashaija is a satirist who gained fame with his book Greedy Barbarian, which denounces corruption and political oppression in a literary land. In Uganda, the book has been widely distributed in the Museveni government.

Last year, she won the PEN Pinter Award for International Writers of Courage. It is the second Museveni accused to leave Uganda this year after Stella Nyanzi, a university professor, also announced in January that she had fled to Germany.

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