Detained American’s family sues government

Smith was arrested in the dead of the night on March 21, 2021, when security personnel raided his house in Fort Portal and forcefully whisked him away.

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Guy Milton Smith

The family of Guy Milton Smith, an American national who was arrested last month by security agencies from Fort Portal has filed an application before the High Court demanding his unconditional release.

In the application, Smith’s wife, Sharon Tusiime sued the government alongside the police’s director of crime intelligence, Brig. Chris Serunjogi Ddamulira, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martins Okoth-Ochola.

Smith was arrested in the dead of the night on March 21, 2021, when security personnel raided his house in Fort Portal and forcefully whisked him away.

The police later in a statement said that Smith was being held at the Special Investigations Unit at Kireka over charges related to involvement in subversive activities against the government of Uganda.
In her application, Tusiime says since his arrest, Smith continues to be held incommunicado at a police facility in Kireka under unconstitutional, illegal and unlawful directions of Ddamulira.

According to Tusiime, by the time of Smith’s arrest, he had been to Ruharo Eye Centre in Mbarara for a surgical procedure on his right eye on March 16, 2021, and was still recovering when security personnel, broke into their house and whisked him away in a drone escorted by two other motor vehicles without any identification numbers.

She adds that with the assistance of the lawyers from the Centre for Legal Aid and the consular officers from the American Embassy in Kampala who eventually managed to visit Smith on April 15, 2021, she has been able to establish that her husband is under illegal detention at SIU police facility in Kireka.

Tusiime who addressed journalists at the court with her two children wearing black T-shirts with inscriptions, “Free this Guy, “Father”, husband and ‘resident’, said that Smith has on several occasions suffered from heart failure.

She thinks that at the moment Smith who has not been informed about charges against him is not receiving adequate care for his per-existing condition and at the moment the family is struggling to earn a living.

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