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Tortured Ugandan author arrives in Germany for medical treatment

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

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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