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Missionary accused of faking his abduction

Publish date: 13 January 2020
Issue Number: 855
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Uganda

Police in Uganda have detained a 20-year-old Liberian man working as a missionary volunteer in Nyendo for allegedly faking his own abduction. The Monitor reports that Church of Jesus Christ on Monday informed police that Taulus Zanto was kidnapped on 2 January and his abductors were demanding for $20 000 in ransom. However, Zanto was later found and arrested along with an alleged accomplice. ‘A search operation located the victim at a hideout in Nyendo Masaka district, where it was established to be a false story … a plot to get quick money,’ said police spokesperson Fred Enanga. He added that the suspects were being charged with ‘conspiracy, giving false information and demanding by menaces’.

Full report in The Monitor