Man is charged with kidnapping US woman, 35, in Uganda

Mail Online | 4/18/2019 | George Martin For Mailonline
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A man was charged in a Ugandan court on Thursday with kidnapping for ransom an American tourist and her driver earlier this month, police said.

Kimberley Sue Endecott, 35, and local guide Jean Paul Mirenge-Remezo were ambushed and seized by gunmen as they drove in Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwest Uganda on April 2.

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The kidnappers demanded a ransom of $500,000 and the pair were released six days later.

Onesmus Byaruhanga, who appeared in court to be charged, 'played a supportive role of surveilling the movement of the American tourist', police said in a statement.

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Byaruhanga, the police said, has a history of carrying out kidnappings and robberies in the area and provided crucial 'information that facilitated the kidnapping of the two' and he was also involved in pressing ransom demands.

The firm that organised Endecott's safari has said she and her guide were released after a 'negotiated settlement' and a Ugandan official also said a...
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