Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

Uganda: court orders release of author detained for criticizing president

A Ugandan court has ordered the police to release Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, a prominent writer arrested last week for criticizing President Yoweri Museveni and his son Lt-Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba on social media.

Mr Rukirabashaija’s lawyer said he had not yet been released but he expected the authorities to comply with the court ruling.

The author, winner of the Pen Pinter Prize’s International Writer of Courage award, had been due in court to face the charge of offensive communication, the BBC reports.

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It was not clear why he had not been presented in court.

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