KAMPALA, Uganda – Refugee workers and a rights watchdog say they are concerned for the safety of a Rwandan man who was forcibly returned home from Uganda in apparent violation of his refugee status.
Mohammed Adar, the Uganda representative for the U.N. refugee agency, said Tuesday that Joel Mutabazi's return to Rwanda was "unfortunate" because his case was not subjected to a judicial review before he was handed over to Rwandan authorities.
Rwandan officials have previously said he was wanted back home over armed robbery charges.
Mutabazi, who served in Rwandan President Paul Kagame's security detail before defecting, had lived in Uganda since 2011.
Human Rights Watch says Rwandan police are holding Mutabazi in an undisclosed location after he was arrested by a Ugandan police officer who then handed him to the Rwandans.