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Former Ugandan Vice President Freed

October 25, 1990

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) _ A former Ugandan vice president detained for more than three years on various charges was freed Thursday for lack of evidence.

Paul Muwanga’s freedom came after prosecutor Mark Kabega told a Kampala magistrate’s court the state had no evidence to support charges of kidnapping with intent to murder, but that investigations would continue.

He said the charges could be reinstated if sufficient evidence is found.

Muwanga, 69, was accused of committing the offense in 1981. He was vice president under former President Milton Obote, who was toppled in a 1985 military coup.

Muwanga, who was arrested in October 1986, has remained imprisoned except for period court appearances. He was charged with treason against the present government and with abuse of power while in office under Obote, but was subsequently acquitted.

Muwanga was de facto president in 1980 when he chaired a military commission that ruled the East African nation after a combined force of Ugandan exiles and Tanzanian troops ousted dictator Idi Amin in late 1979.