Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, 33, is in Germany to seek medical treatment two weeks after fleeing Uganda, his lawyer says, slipped out of Uganda two weeks ago – after a court denied his application to have his passport returned – ahead of a criminal trial that was due to begin on Wednesday.
Kakwenza said he was tortured in custody and appeared on television earlier this month to reveal painful-looking welts crisscrossing his back and scars on other parts of his body.
The novelist was jailed in December and later charged with “offensive communication” in a case that has raised international concern.
The European Union was among those calling for a “comprehensive investigation” into rights abuses in Uganda.
“I’ve been diagnosed with damaged kidneys, bruised ribs and post-traumatic stress disorder,” Kakwenza said