Murder

Five people were on Friday charged in Uganda’s Capital Kampala over the death of a Finnish arms dealer early in February.

The five suspects including a senior military intelligence officer appeared before Buganda Chief Magistrate Court for allegedly causing the death of Tuomas Juha Petteri Terasvouri, a salesman of Finland’s state-owned arms firm Patria who was found dead in his hotel room in Kampala on Feb. 6.

Chief Magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda read the accused four counts of manslaughter, forgery, trafficking in drugs and conspiracy to commit a felony.

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The prosecutions alleged that the five connived to kill Terasvouri by administering him with narcotic drugs at Pearl of Africa Hotel.

The accused have denied the charges, however they would on April 5, return to court for mention of their cases.

The Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintila in February said that the Patria had suffered “a loss in its reputation’’ after a businessman of the company was found dead in the East African country.