• Rutabana was arrested last year in Kampala by plain clothed men over his purpose of visit to Uganda.
  • Reports indicate that after his arrest, Rutabana was taken to CMI in Mbuya
  • Following investigations by the International Relief and Human Rights Initiative (IRHRI), it was established that Mr. Rutabana had flown to Uganda from Belgium

The High Court in Kampala has ordered CMI to produce a French citizen identified as Benjamin Rutabana who was arrested last year for trial.

Justice Esther Nambayo issued the Court order requiring CMI and her sister agency ISO to produce Rutabana who was arrested last year in Kampala by plain-clothed men that identified themselves as CMI agents.

Reports indicate that after his arrest, Rutabana was taken to CMI in Mbuya, then to ISO and back to CMI were after his whereabouts ceased to be known.

“It is ordered that a right of habeas corpus doth issue directed to ISO, CMI, Inspector General of Police, Attorney General, commandant special investigations bureau and director of investigations that the body of Mr. Benjamine Rutabana is produced in court,” reads in part the court order.

After Rutabana’s disappearance, On October 28, 2019, his family appealed to the French embassy in Uganda for support and the foreign affairs ministry in the search for Rutabana but no results were yielded.

Following investigations by the International Relief and Human Rights Initiative (IRHRI), it was established that Mr. Rutabana had flown to Uganda from Belgium on or about September 8, 2019, on passport number 16DA52086  and had been arrested and held for interrogation over the purpose of his visit to Uganda.

In a bid to getting him back, A statement signed by Mr. Greg Simith Heavens, the president of IRHRI on Friday, showed that the government attorney general had explained to the court about the tireless efforts they had put in to ensure that Mr. Rutabana is released to his family despite the bureaucracies involved.

Sources indicate that Rutabana is a close associate of dissident General Kayumba Nyamwasa and is a brother to Adeline Rwigara the mother of Diane Rwigara who unsuccessfully tried to challenge Kagame in Rwanda’s 2017 Presidential elections.

 

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