Police in Japan has cleared Ugandan musician Irene Namubiru of drug trafficking charges and set her free, the Director Interpol, Asan Kasingye has said. Namubiru was arrested early this month, with a drug called MDGF, a narcotic drug made from cocaine, worth 1.9 billion shillings.
Kasingye confirmed that the Nkuweeki singer Namubiru was now a free woman. Namubiru was expected to appear in court today to determine whether she would stand trial or not.
According to Kasingye police did not find any evidence linking her to the crime.
Irene Namubiru was arrested early this month, with MDGF, a narcotic drug made from cocaine, worth 1.9 billion shillings.
Since her arrest , Kasingye has had to work closely with Namubiru’s friends led by Balaam Barugahare, a music promoter, updating them on the status of her case and condition.
Last week Namubiru’s mother flew back into the country from London and joined Balaam Barugahare, Thaddeus Mubiru, Namubiru’s manager, to try and rescue her from Cheba prefecture police station where she was being held.
Balaam Barugahare could not be reached for comment as to when Namubiru is expected back into the country.
During the three weeks, Balaam Barugahare hired a private lawyer to represent Namubiru.
A number of people including Namubiru’s manager, Thaddeus Mubiru, Hilderman who was supposed to have travelled with Namubiru but did not, because of lack of a Visa swore affidavits in the defence of the artist. The affidavits were sent to Japan.
Since Namubiru's arrest early this month, Interpol has launched investigations to establish how she managed to pass Entebbe Airport without being detected.
Interpol Director, Asan Kasingye said investigations would extend to other people like Thaddeus Mubiru, Hakim Tumwesigye the man who asked Namubiru to carry his food stuffs. Tumwesigye fled back to Uganda after learning Namubiru had been arrested.
Kasingye warned musicians to be aware of drug traffickers who may use them during their international engagements and also called on all those involved to desist from abusing drugs.