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Uganda Expels Sudan Diplomat Accused of Spying

Uganda says it has expelled a Sudanese diplomat, accused of spying.
Sudanese diplomat Jad-el-Seed Mohammed Elhag has been expelled from Uganda on suspicion of espionage, Ugandan foreign ministry officials said Tuesday.

"The reasons why he was expelled was that the activities he was involved in were beyond the norms and requirements of his tenure," Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Tayebwa Katureebe said.

"What are some of these activities? These are issues of diplomacy and of two countries, which are not addressed normally in the press, but basically the main reason was espionage," he said, declining to go into detail.

An official at the Sudanese Embassy in Kampala who asked not to be named confirmed Elhag had left Uganda but declined to comment on why the diplomat was expelled.

The relationship between Kampala and Khartoum has deteriorated in recent years.

Sudan lodged a complaint with the African Union in January, accusing the Ugandan government of supporting rebel groups that are trying to overthrow the Khartoum regime. Kampala has denied the charge.