UPDATED: Ugandan Weightlifter To Face Fraud Charge Over Olympics Disappearance

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A younger Ugandan weightlifter who disappeared in Japan after failing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to defraud, his lawyer mentioned.

A younger Ugandan weightlifter who disappeared in Japan after failing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to defraud, his lawyer mentioned.

Julius Ssekitoleko vanished from an Olympic coaching camp after studying he didn’t meet requirements to compete within the Games, making headlines world wide as Japanese officers scrambled to find him.

The 20-year-old was discovered a number of days later and flown residence to Uganda the place authorities officers mentioned he would bear counselling.

But he was swiftly taken into police custody, and on Wednesday he was charged with “conspiracy to defraud” earlier than being launched on a police bond, his lawyer Anthony Wameli informed AFP.

“He is happy that he has been freed after spending five days in detention which is an infringement on his rights,” he added.

A spokesman for Uganda’s prison investigations division mentioned Ssekitoleko might have conspired with a authorities official to be included on the group for Japan “well aware that he did not meet the qualifications”.

“Investigations will confirm the depth of the conspiracy to defraud the government as he had been paid allowances at the time of his disappearance,” the spokesman, Charles Twine, informed AFP.

‘Sympathy not harsh treatment’

Ssekitoleko’s household had issued appeals for his launch, saying his rights had been being violated.

“This is an innocent young man. He didn’t want to hurt anyone. Why is he being treated like a criminal?” requested his mom Juliet Nalwadda, chatting with AFP earlier Wednesday.

Uganda’s weightlifting federation mentioned Ssekitoleko got here from a poor household and had been coaching arduous for his first Olympics.

After he went lacking, a observe was present in Ssekitoleko’s lodge room through which he mentioned he needed to work in Japan and requested that his belongings be despatched to his household in Uganda.

The Union of Uganda Sports Federations and Associations had additionally condemned Ssekitoleko’s detention.

“He deserves sympathy, not harsh treatment” the pinnacle of the union, Moses Muhangi, informed AFP.

Ssekitoleko’s plight has stirred blended reactions in Uganda. The authorities was pressured to apologise to Japan over the incident that Uganda’s state minister for overseas affairs labelled “unacceptable conduct and treachery”.

But others have been extra sympathetic towards the younger athlete whose desires had been dashed.

“Ssekitoleko is not a criminal, he is a victim of an economy that works for the few (in the) privileged class,” Ugandan legislator Betty Nambooze mentioned Wednesday.

vanished from an Olympic coaching camp after studying he didn’t meet requirements to compete within the Games, making headlines world wide as Japanese officers scrambled to find him.

The 20-year-old was discovered a number of days later and flown residence to Uganda the place authorities officers mentioned he would bear counselling.

But he was swiftly taken into police custody, and on Wednesday he was charged with “conspiracy to defraud” earlier than being launched on a police bond, his lawyer Anthony Wameli informed AFP.

“He is happy that he has been freed after spending five days in detention which is an infringement on his rights,” he added.

A spokesman for Uganda’s prison investigations division, mentioned Ssekitoleko might have conspired with a authorities official to be included on the group for Japan “well aware that he did not meet the qualifications”.

“Investigations will confirm the depth of the conspiracy to defraud the government as he had been paid allowances at the time of his disappearance,” the spokesman, Charles Twine, informed AFP.

– ‘Sympathy not harsh treatment’ –

Ssekitoleko’s household had issued appeals for his launch, saying his rights had been being violated.

“This is an innocent young man. He didn’t want to hurt anyone. Why is he being treated like a criminal?” requested his mom Juliet Nalwadda, chatting with AFP earlier Wednesday.

Uganda’s weightlifting federation mentioned Ssekitoleko got here from a poor household and had been coaching arduous for his first Olympics.

After he went lacking, a observe was present in Ssekitoleko’s lodge room through which he mentioned he needed to work in Japan and requested that his belongings be despatched to his household in Uganda.

The Union of Uganda Sports Federations and Associations had additionally condemned Ssekitoleko’s detention.

“He deserves sympathy, not harsh treatment” the pinnacle of the union, Moses Muhangi, informed AFP.

Ssekitoleko’s plight has stirred blended reactions in Uganda. The authorities was pressured to apologise to Japan over the incident that Uganda’s state minister for overseas affairs labelled “unacceptable conduct and treachery”.

But others have been extra sympathetic towards the younger athlete whose desires had been dashed.

“Ssekitoleko is not a criminal, he is a victim of an economy that works for the few (in the) privileged class,” Ugandan legislator Betty Nambooze mentioned Wednesday.

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UPDATED: Ugandan Weightlifter To Face Fraud Charge Over Olympics Disappearance

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