Socialite SK Mbuga has been released by the United Arab Emirates and extradited to Denmark to face trial in a case where he is accused of defrauding $2.6m in a gold deal gone bad.
Mr Mbuga, 36, has been in jail for over a year in Al Awiir Central Prison in Dubai on allegations that he conned a businessman in Dubai of a substantial amount of money in a gold deal.
Sources in Dubai told this website that the socialite was released from prison after paying up to Shs1.6b to a Dubai businessman and an Oman businessman to whom he was indebted.
However, sources said instead of being extradited to Sweden where he and his wife are facing charges of fraud, Mbuga was Thursday last week flown to Denmark, another Scandinavian country.
Uganda’s Ambassador to Denmark Zake Kibedi confirmed Mr Mbuga’s extradition to Denmark but said he did not have details about the case in Denmark.
Sources in Dubai said UAE handed over Mbuga to Denmark on request by the latter, who claimed that they had issued to resolve with him.
It is not yet clear whether Denmark will also hand over Mbuga to Sweden to conclude their issues with him.
Authorities in Sweden had requested the UAE government to hand over Mbuga in a case of 53m Kronor (about Shs23 billion) that his Swedish wife allegedly fleeced from a company account she jointly ran with her former boyfriend, Sten Heinsoo.
Last year, Swedish media reported that the Swedish government had requested for assistance from the Uganda government to have SK Mbuga and his wife Chebet arrested. Uganda and Sweden do not have an extradition treaty between them.
“As stated in the preliminary investigation, a request for legal assistance to Uganda has been sent, which has not yet been answered,” Swedish Chamber prosecutor Mathias Lidberg’s was quoted by a media outlet in Sweden last year.
Government of Uganda, through Uganda’s Embassy in Abu Dhabi have been in talks with the UAE Government to release Ugandans in Dubai jails on petty offences.
Many Ugandans who were in jail in Dubai on petty offences have been released and returned home with the help of the Uganda governmentAdd your comments: Download Our News App Here