KAMPALA, March 25 (Reuters) – Uganda has dropped terrorism charges against a U.S. evangelist who police said was caught with assault rifles hidden in his bedroom just days before last month’s election, the man’s lawyer said on Saturday.
Peter Waldron, a 59-year-old from Wyoming who had claimed close links to President Yoweri Museveni’s family, is expected to be deported on Sunday, lawyer MacDosman Kabega told Reuters.
“The director of public prosecutions (DPP) simply stated to us that they had lost interest in the matter and the charges were being withdrawn,” Kabega said. “We think my client might be thrown out of the country tomorrow.”
Senior police commanders, the DPP and U.S. embassy officials were not immediately available to comment.
Waldron was arrested on February 20 and charged with having four unlicensed AK-47 rifles and 180 bullets.
Along with six fellow suspects, three men from Uganda and three from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, he denied terrorism and had been due back in court on Tuesday.
Waldron had lived in Uganda for four years and worked as an information technology consultant at the east African nation’s Health Ministry.
He was also the founder of an evangelical group, and police say he planned to start a political party based on Christian principles when he was arrested three days before Uganda held its first multi-party election for 25 years.