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Weightlifter Who Has Been In Detention Over Vanishing In Japan Finally Released On Police Bond

Weightlifter Who Has Been In Detention Over Vanishing In Japan Finally Released On Police Bond

Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko who  was part of the team of athletes sent to represent Uganda in the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan went missing from the pre-Olympic training camp on Friday the 16th of July following his failure to meet Olympic standards.

He was on 19th July found 40 kilometers South of Nagoya City Japan where he was spotted buying a rail ticket headed for yet another destination

The weightlifter was on 23rd deported and after his arrival, he was whisked away by the Criminal Investigations Department and it was later reported that he had been detained  at Jinja Road Police Station where he has been until Wednesday morning when he was released on Police bond

The news of his release was broken by Bukomansimbi Member of Parliament Geoffrey Kayemba Ssolo and also shadow sports minister.

“Finally our brother Julius Sekitoleko has gained his freedom. He is out of police cells. Great thanks to all our concerned citizens and the sports fraternity,” he posted on Facebook page.

Julius Ssekitoleko (in a black t-shirt) after being released from police custody

On Monday, Kayemba had promised to petition parliament on Wednesday over the matter and played a big role of hiring a lawyer to help him get out of detention.

Ssekitoleko, who has been in Police custody  petitioned court through his lawyer Phillip Munaabi and asked them to release him because he has no case to answer.

Munaabi told journalists that there was no need for police to continue detaining the sports man because there is no law in Uganda that calls for prosecution of someone who disappeared or went missing in a foreign country

“We want him out of jail as soon as possible because his rights are being violated,” he said during his visit at the police station on Tuesday afternoon.

On Monday, Police said they still had Ssekitoleko in their custody as they wait for the guidance of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), given that it is him who has powers to charge or release him.

Through the spokesperson of the CID department Charles Twine, Ssekitoleko’s family was asked to be patient

His mother Juliet Nalwadda said revealed that her son had financial problems and it is the reason why he had decided to run away from Uganda

His pregnant wife  also appealed to Police to let her husband free because she needs support from him.

Meanwhile, according to government, 20-year-old violated the Code of Conduct which each member of the Team pledged to abide by

 

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