A court in Istanbul has ruled in favour of controversial vlogger Kajjubi Fred Lumbuye, blocking the Kampala administration’s efforts to have him deported and extradited back to Uganda for trial.

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The vlogger in an unusual episode went missing in August 2021, with multiple sources suggesting that he was arrested and detained in an immigration detention facility.

The National Unity Platform party Secretariat deployed a team of lawyers led by Kyadondo East MP Muwadda Nkunyingi to trace for the whereabouts of the missing vlogger after Turkish authorities declined to acknowledge that they were holding him in custody. Combined legal efforts and world wide protests at Turkish embassies compelled Istanbul to back off the extradition plot that was championed by Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Ministry headed by Henry Okello Oryem.

The plan backtracked after Turkey feared a replica of a Jamal Karshoggi-like scenario and instead urged Kampala to try the vlogger under the Istanbul legal system.

Lumbuye was later released on bail after braving close to 6 months in custody.

On Monday, the vlogger said in a Facebook message that he had won the court case, after an Istanbul judge ruled against his extradition to Uganda.

A statement by lawyer Muwadda Nkunyingi who was part of the legal team details the said court victory:

#LUMBUYE -Turkish Court rules against LUMBUYE Deportation.

Our Turkish legal team led by counsel ADNAN SAHIN have briefed me that the Turkish Court have formally passed a ruling in favor of LUMBUYE FRED quashing the illegal attempts to deport him by Uganda.

We applaud the Turkish Government and Turkish Judiciary for according Lumbuye a fair hearing and judicious ruling so far.

I have subsequently made a telephone call to the Turkish Ambasador in Kampala, H.E. Karim Alp & notified him that as the alternative government in Uganda, we welcome this Turkish Court decision canceling Lumbuye Deportation.

We welcome the Turkish Court decision canceling deportation of LUMBUYE FRED as a milestone & call for continued protection of All Uganda Nationals in diaspora. We urge the United Nations agencies to equally take kin and quick positions towards protection of Uganda Nationals in the diaspora & those in uganda.

Thank you Ugandans world over for standing in solidarity,thank you NUP/People Power and special appreciation to our President Kyagulanyi SSENTAMU Robert

Nkunyingi Muwada-MP

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