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Five charged in Uganda over murder of Finnish arms salesman
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Five people were on Friday charged in Uganda’s capital Kampala over the death of a Finnish arms salesman early last month.

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.

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.

They will on April 5 return to court for mention of their cases.

The Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintila last month 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.
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EARLIER REPORT:

Three detained in Uganda for alleged killing of Finnish businessman: report

HELSINKI Finland (Xinhua) -- Three people have been charged in Uganda for the death of a Finnish businessman in Kampala in early February, the Finnish national broadcaster Yle reported on Friday.

The accused had allegedly taken drugs to the man’s hotel room, and the substances were reported to be heroine, cocaine and two sorts of pesticide.

Charged manslaughter, the three were in detention in Uganda.

Two other persons were charged on falsifying a document.

They had allegedly created a fake invitation to the man supposedly from the head of the Ugandan internal security service, but it was not.

Finnish officials told Yle they would not comment on the reports as the information responsibility is in Uganda. Yle published pictures of the documents of the charges.

The death of the Finn made news in Finland as sales leaflets introducing Finnish arms manufacturer Patria were found in his room.

Patria admitted the man’s authorization to represent Patria had not been properly cleared.

Patria has insisted it has no marketing plans for Uganda.
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