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No Ugandan Set for Execution in China – Government

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs has dismissed rumors that a number of Ugandans in China were lined up for execution.

The reports spreading fast on social media recently claimed that 23 Ugandan prisoners in China, were set to be hanged over drug trafficking offences.

The Ministry says list on names being circulated entailed names of Ugandans who were sentenced to death a number of years ago but were granted a 2-year reprieve by the Chinese Courts, which was later reduced from death, to life imprisonment and further to a fixed term.

“We are not at liberty to discuss individual’s circumstances either in the media or in the public domain but would like to emphasize that it is our understanding that the Chinese Government has not scheduled executions of any Ugandan prisoners at this time,” said the Ministry in a statement.

“The two Governments continue to carry out bilateral discussions on various pending cases.”

The ministry further appealed; “Out of respect for each other, as well as for the families of those concerned, individuals should exercise restraint and sensitivity when making the decision to circulate unsubstantiated information.”

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