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According to Morning Star News sources, a Ugandan judge dropped charges of kidnapping and human sacrifice against a Christian evangelist. The charges were aimed at stirring up Islamist opposition against an evangelist who provides refuge to Christian converts. On February 26, 2017, an Islamic leader accused Hassan Muwanguzi of kidnapping and performing “human sacrifice of his daughter.” However, after public witnesses failed to appear for two court hearings, Muwanguzi’s lawyer requested that the case be dismissed. “The magistrate heard the request of my lawyer, and he said, ‘The case has been dismissed,’” Muwanguzi said.  

04/05/2017 Uganda (Evangelical Focus) – A judge in Uganda last week dropped charges aimed at stirring up Islamist opposition against an evangelist who provides refuge to converts from Islam, sources told Morning Star News.

A court in Tirinyi, Kibuku District on March 13 dropped the charges of kidnapping and “human sacrifice” against Hassan Muwanguzi after the complainant and his attorney twice failed to show up in court, Muwanguzi’s attorney told Morning Star News.

Muwanguzi and his attorney appeared at a court hearing on March 10 at which the judge asked whether the complainant or his lawyer were present. They were not.

“The case was adjourned to March 13, and still the complainant failed to appear in court again when the charges were read against Muwanguzi,” the attorney said.

Muwanguzi told Morning Star News his lawyer then requested the court dismiss the case since there was no public witness.

“The magistrate heard the request of my lawyer, and he said, “The case has been dismissed,’” Muwanguzi said. “Immediately we left the courtroom, and as we got out we saw more than 15 Muslims, some dressed in Islamic attire, enter the court gate. We knew that they had come for hearing of the case.”

His lawyer told Muwanguzi that those arriving were too late, and that he should file a defamation case against them so that he could be compensated, the evangelist said.

“I answered him that as a Christian I will forgive them, just as our master Jesus did,” he said. “He [the attorney] was not content at first, but later he accepted it.”

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