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500 South Sudanese face criminal prosecution for abandoning passports, National IDs in Uganda

The 300 passports and 174 nationality identity cards handed to the immigration office last week, were collected since 2015 from different locations in Uganda.

The 300 passports and 174 nationality identity cards handed to the immigration office last week, were collected since 2015 from different locations in Uganda ( PHOTO/Courtesy)

The Directorate of Immigration and Passports says it is considering opening a criminal case against 300 South Sudanese whose passports were recovered by the Ugandan Authorities.

The 300 passports and 174 nationality identity cards handed to the immigration office last week, were collected since 2015 from different locations in Uganda.

Major General Atem Biar Marol who is the Director of the Immigration and Passport Department told reporters in Juba that some of the documents were used as payment guarantees for hotel owners.

“Others go to stay in hotels and prove their passports, and at the end of their stay, they leave their passports and run away,” Biar said.

Others were abandoned at border points in Uganda.

General Biar threatened to register the names of the individuals and sue them in court.

He also warned that the Immigration and Passport Department will not issue those implicated new passports.

“We will register their names and open a criminal complaint against them, and we will stop anyone who submits the procedures for obtaining a new passport if his name appears on the list.”

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