Uganda: Court issues warrant for author in exile in Germany | News

The writer fled to Germany earlier this 12 months, the second authorities critic to go away Uganda in lower than six months.

A Ugandan courtroom has issued an arrest warrant for a world award-winning writer who fled to Germany final month to hunt therapy for accidents he mentioned have been inflicted on him throughout torture by safety personnel, his lawyer mentioned.

The warrant was issued on Wednesday.

In December, Kakwenza Rukirabashaija was arrested and held for nearly a month, then charged with communications offences associated to tweets that criticised President Yoweri Museveni and his son.

“It’s true the courtroom has issued an arrest warrant for him,” his lawyer Eron Kiiza advised Reuters. “It’s only a continuation of his harassment as a result of the courtroom might have chosen to attempt him in his absentia, which is allowed, however they determined to disregard that possibility.”

After his launch in January, Rukirabashaija mentioned he had been tortured by safety personnel whereas in detention. Photos of his physique confirmed torture marks, which provoked public outrage.

He advised native broadcaster NTV that he was punched within the abdomen, kicked, hit with gun butts and made to bop endlessly, and that his torturers used pliers to tear items of flesh from elements of his physique.

Police have mentioned they can’t touch upon the torture allegations since they have been a part of Rukirabashaija’s courtroom case.

In February, he introduced he had fled the nation, ultimately arriving in Germany the place he mentioned he would search therapy.

Rukirabashaija is a satirist who discovered fame along with his novel Grasping Barbarian, which criticises corruption and political oppression in a fictional nation. In Uganda, the guide was broadly interpreted to be a shot at Museveni’s authorities.

Final 12 months he received the PEN Pinter Prize for Worldwide Writers of Braveness. He’s the second Museveni critic to flee Uganda this 12 months after Stella Nyanzi, a college lecturer, additionally introduced in January she had fled to Germany.

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