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The reason for the detention of two South Africans in Uganda would only be known after the SA High Commissioner there has visited them, hopefully on Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said that so far no charges had been put to the two relief workers, and further information and decisions on a course of action would only be known once this visit had taken place.

Mufti Hussain Bhayat and Haroon Saley were detained last week during a stopover at Entebbe International Airport in Kampala.

Uganda’s New Vision online newspaper said they were taken in for questioning by a joint anti-terrorism task force. However their family’s lawyer Yousha Tayob said he had not received any firm reason for their detention.

The Muslim Judicial Council is concerned that the two may be the subjects of Islamophobic profiling in the wake of an international anti-terror crackdown. – Sapa

Published on the Web by IOL on 2008-08-25 11:26:41
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