Uganda lawyer Paul Wanyoto and Regional Police Bakaleke charged with illegal deportation of Koreans - Whisper Eye

Uganda lawyer Paul Wanyoto and Regional Police Bakaleke charged with illegal deportation of Koreans

Ugandan lawyer Paul Wanyoto has handed himself over to police after a month and a half on the run.

Wanyoto is implicated in the alleged extortion of 1.4 billion Shillings from two South Korean Nationals together with former Kampala Metropolitan South Regional PoliceCommander Siraj Bakaleke and four other police officers.

The two South Koreans, Park Seunghoon and Jang Shingu Un were looking for gold amounting to USD 1.5 million.

However, they were arrested from Acacia Mall in Kampala; where they were due to meet their lawyer Paul Wanyoto.

Reports indicate that on the day of the meeting, the dealers were surrounded by security operatives, put on gunpoint and asked to hand over the money in their possession.

A total of 1.4 billion Shillings was handed over to the police officers before the two South Koreans were arrested and detained at Katwe Police Station.

It later turned out that the deployment had been sanctioned by Siraj Bakaleke after a tipoff from the lawyer who indicated that two of his clients were involved in dubious activities and he had a suspicion that they were financial terrorists.

The South Koreans in their statements to police also pinned Wanyoto as the only person who was aware of the money they had in their possession and that they intended to buy gold using the money. Park Seunghoon says they were arrested, taken to Katwe Police Station where they spent two days and were told that they were facing terrorism charges and would as be deported.

Police officers reportedly bought two air tickets with Emirates air using some of the extorted money. But they missed the flight, creating confusion among the plotters of the deportation. They hurriedly bought new tickets with Rwanda Air but were netted before the South Koreans boarded the plane.

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