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Court denies Indian professor his passport

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th September 2013 02:04 PM

Buganda Road Court has refused to release the passport of an Indian professor Vasudev Chaturvedi, accused of illegal trade

Court denies Indian professor his passport

Buganda Road Court has refused to release the passport of an Indian professor Vasudev Chaturvedi, accused of illegal trade

By Brenda Aheebwa and Michael Odeng 

Buganda Road Court has refused to release the passport of an Indian professor Vasudev Chaturvedi, accused of illegal trade of human organs.
 
Chaturvedi, 67, the vice president of Krishna Institute of Medical Science (KIMS) through his lawyer had filed an application for the recovery of his passport to travel abroad for treatment. He claims the illness cannot be treated in Uganda.
 
Chief magistrate Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya on Tuesday declined to release the passport for fear that the suspect (Chaturvedi) may not return to answer his charges if granted the opportunity to travel.
 
“How sure are we you will come back to Uganda after receiving your passport?” Mukwaya added. 
 
Mukwaya also refused on ground that the medical report presented to court by the suspect was not from a national referral hospital but from a clinic. “Since you are facing a serious charge, the medical report for your illness was not supposed to come from a clinic,” 
 
The magistrate advised the professor to deposit his land title and Indian working permit as an alternative security to court which will compel him to return to Uganda.
 
Chaturvedi, 67, Lt. Col John Kundu Wangusi, 56, attached to UPDF Air base and Christopher Ogwal, 23 an Information Technology (IT) student at Makerere University appeared at Buganda Road Court to answer charges of alleged illicit trade of human organs.    
 
According to prosecution led by the Resident State Attorney, Steven Asaba, the three accused persons committed the offense between March and June 2012.
 
According to the charge sheet, the three and others still at large committed aggravated trafficking of persons, in violation of section 4 (i) of the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act.
 
Prosecution further says that Krishna Institute of Medical Science (KIMS) in India organized, facilitated and made preparations for sending of Mathias Sekyewa to India for the purposed removal of his kidney.
The magistrate adjourned the matter to November 14, 2013 for mentioning. 
 

Court refuses to release Indian professor passport

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