Phil Wilmot releases statement on his capture, future implications

Messiah graduate Phil Wilmot has released a statement following his release from prison in Uganda.

Though Wilmot was freed Friday after spending six days under arrest with no charges attached to him, he is expected to return to Central Police Station in Lira on Thursday morning local time. According to his statement, he will be learning more information about the case and if it will be taken to court.

Wilmot also spoke about issues such as free speech being impeded on in Uganda, as well as the inhumane conditions those imprisoned are being held in.

“Let us shift our focus to the situation at large, rather than focusing on my personal arrest,” Wilmot said.

The statement provided information on how to support Solidarity Uganda–the organization Phil is a co-founder of and was working for at the time of his arrest–as well as listing information on how to follow the progress of his case on social media. Wilmot urged those reading the statement to share it broadly to seek justice on a large scale in Uganda.

“Although our bodies are not in cells today, the trials we face are far from over,” he added. “The public support must continue – even grow – if we are to achieve justice here in Uganda.”

To read Phil Wilmot’s full statement, click this link.

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