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  A prominent Ugandan author accused of insulting the country s ruling family was released on Wednesday after being detained despite a court order for his release his lawyer said Kakwenza Rukirabashaija whose case has sparked international concern was abandoned by the military at his farmhouse in eastern Uganda after being held in a military police barracks lawyer Eron Kiiza told AFP He is discharged but weak and we have taken him to hospital in Kampala Kiiza added A court on Tuesday ordered the novelist released on bail on the condition that he not speak to journalists before his trial concludes on charges of offending President Yoweri Museveni and his powerful son on social media But his lawyer said that instead of being released the award winning writer was kidnapped from prison several hours later by armed men in plain clothes Rukirabashaija who his lawyers say has been tortured since his arrest in late December was charged on January 11 with offensive communication for a series of unflattering Twitter posts about Museveni and his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba The author won praise for his 2020 satirical novel The Greedy Barbarian which depicts high level corruption in a fictional country He is the recipient of the 2021 PEN Pinter Award for an International Writer of Courage which is awarded annually to a writer who has been persecuted for speaking out about their beliefs The United States the EU and civil society groups expressed concern about his detention and called for his release Source Credit TheGuardian
Ugandan author accused of insulting ruling family freed: lawyer

A prominent Ugandan author accused of insulting the country‘s ruling family was released on Wednesday after being detained despite a court order for his release, his lawyer said.

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Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, whose case has sparked international concern, was “abandoned” by the military at his farmhouse in eastern Uganda after being held in a military police barracks, lawyer Eron Kiiza told AFP.

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“He is discharged but weak and we have taken him to hospital in Kampala,” Kiiza added.

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Yoweri Museveni

A court on Tuesday ordered the novelist released on bail, on the condition that he not speak to journalists before his trial concludes on charges of offending President Yoweri Museveni and his powerful son on social media.

But his lawyer said that instead of being released, the award-winning writer was “kidnapped” from prison several hours later by armed men in plain clothes.

Muhoozi Kainerugaba

Rukirabashaija, who his lawyers say has been tortured since his arrest in late December, was charged on January 11 with “offensive communication” for a series of unflattering Twitter posts about Museveni and his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

Greedy Barbarian

The author won praise for his 2020 satirical novel, “The Greedy Barbarian,” which depicts high-level corruption in a fictional country.

Pinter Award

He is the recipient of the 2021 PEN Pinter Award for an International Writer of Courage, which is awarded annually to a writer who has been persecuted for speaking out about their beliefs.

United States

The United States, the EU and civil society groups expressed concern about his detention and called for his release.

Source Credit: TheGuardian

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