29 November 2012

Uganda: Chinese 'Defiler' Tests HIV-Negative As Victims Test Positive

Photo: Wilfred Sanya/Newvision
ANPPCAN research coordinator Ruth Birungi and Information officer Maron Agaba at a news conference.

Two of the eight girls who were allegedly defiled by a Chinese national have tested HIV-positive, according to the Police.

This follows a medical examination carried out on Monday at Mulago Hospital to ascertain the HIV sero-status of the alleged victims on orders of the Police.

The suspect, however, tested HIV-negative.

"The two girls who tested HIV-positive have been taken for another medical examination at the Police clinic in Nsambya," a Police source revealed.

The Police also revealed that the suspect gave fake names to hide his identity so that he would be exonerated from the allegations and continuously recorded contradicting statements with the Police.

The Chinese national, Yang Zheng Jun, who had earlier been identified as Li Weng, is to be produced in court today on two counts of aggravated defilement and human trafficking, sources have revealed.

Yang's suspected accomplice Faith Orlando also faces charges of human trafficking.

She is accused of being behind the victims' travels from Lira and Gulu districts to Kampala.

Beata Chelimo, the Special Investigations Unit commissioner, yesterday said the Police seized copies of Yang's travel documents after conducting a second search at his second home on Entebbe Road.

Chelimo said the Police had written to the Ministry of Internal affairs, asking for a travel log of the suspect (Yang), who since the day of his arrest, had failed to avail the Police with his passport.

Information from the immigration offices reveals that Yang frequently travelled to and from China.

The Police arrested Yang alias Weng last week after a tip-off from a victim he had allegedly defiled at Lungujja-Kitunzi, Rubaga division in Kampala.

Copyright © 2012 New Vision. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.