Venezuelan drug trafficker among 79 prisoners pardoned by president Museveni

Venezuelan Doralys Rodriguez Fagundez was listed amongst other 78 male and female Ugandan nationals -now released- from about 15 separate prisons across the country.   

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Venezuelan Doralys Rodriguez Fagundez was listed amongst other 78 male and female Ugandan nationals -now released- from about 15 separate prisons across the country.   Photo/ NTV Uganda.

President Yoweri Museveni has in an instrument of pardon ordered for the release of at least 79 prisoners including a Venezuelan drug trafficker.

“I hereby grant pardon to the persons below on public health and humanitarian grounds,” Mr. Museveni wrote in a statement dated January 3, 2022.  

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Detained in Luzira Prison since June 2018, Venezuelan Doralys Rodriguez Fagundez was listed amongst other 78 male and female Ugandan nationals -now released- from about 15 separate prisons across the country.   

After being found with narcotic drugs and arrested at Entebbe Airport in June 2018, Doralys was convicted of unlawful possession of drugs and drug trafficking in and subsequently handed a concurrent 22-year-jail term by court in September 2018.

Uganda Prison Services Spokesperson Frank Baine Monday afternoon told media that the prerogative of mercy emerging through the latest presidential instrument of pardon has already been effected.  

Under Article 121(1) (a) of the 1995 Ugandan constitution, the President may on the advice of the advisory committee exercise his right to pardon any person convicted of an offence, a pardon either free or subject to lawful conditions.

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