Ugandan to be extradited to US over rape case

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The police are holding a Ugandan national in connection with the rape of an elderly woman in a care home in Washtenaw County, Michigan in USA, in 2012.

Dan Tumusiime, 40, was arrested in Seeta, Mukono District, on Wednesday after he was put on the Interpol Red Notice on the request of the US authorities.

Mr Vicent Ssekate, the spokesman of the Directorate of Interpol, said Tumusiime, who is being detained at Jinja Road Police Station in Kampala, is due to be extradited to the US over the rape allegations.

“We are a member of Interpol and one of our commitments to the treaty is to help other member states find criminals that are on the run from the law. Mr Tumusiime is a Ugandan, but we have to hand him over to another country after following the legal processes,” Mr Ssekate said.

The charges
The Interpol demand indicates that on March 2012, Tumusiime, who was working in a home for the elderly, entered a woman’s room while she was asleep, but she only woke up to feel a hand groping her breasts.

The Interpol documents claims that Tumusiime removed clothes off his victim and fondled her genitals. The documents also claim he held down the woman onto her bed as he climbed the bed and had sexual intercourse against the woman’s will.

“After raping the victim, he put the clothes back in [sic] the victim and left the room,” the Interpol documents state.

Evidence
The victim reportedly lodged a complaint with the home managers and Tumusiime was identified, but there was lack of scientific evidence to pin him.

“The US government deported him to Uganda, but the authorities continued with their forensic investigations on the exhibits they found on the bed. The DNA result matched with Tumusiime’s DNA so the US authorities started criminal proceedings against him, but he had already left the country,” Mr Ssekate said.

Daily Monitor was unable to talk to Tumusiime or his legal representatives on whether he would protest the extradition orders in Ugandan courts.

Not the first
Should Tumusiime be extradited, he would become the second Ugandan to be handed over to the US authorities over criminal offences this month alone.

The first case was that of Ismail Balinda, the vice president of Uganda Motorcross Association, who was arrested in Kenya over claims of trafficking narcotic drugs to the US. Mr Balinda was accused of establishing a laboratory to manufacture narcotic drugs that would be trafficked to the US.

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