ARMY COURT CANCELS BAIL OF POLICE OFFICERS IMPLICATED IN THE RWANDA REPATRIATION CASE
The General Court Martial at Makindye has revisited its earlier decision and cancelled bail for 3 police officers inclduing ; Fisal Katende , Kwarisima Amon and James Magada. The 3 police officers had been granted bail in January this year on grounds that they are junior officers who could not interfere with CMI investigations or threaten witnesses.
However trouble came today when the head of the 7 member court Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti was not amused with the submissions of defence lawyer Caleb Alaka who informed him that his clients will not submit to the jurisdiction of his court as they are not Millitary officers .
Alaka came waving a ruling from the Highcourt -civil division in which justice Margaret Oguli-Oumo ordered for the immediate release of the police officers from custody on grounds that the Army court acted unreasonably to charge serving police officers with offenses of being in unlawful possession of firearms yet , They need guns in the execution of their duties .
Alaka then asked court to immediately discharge the police officers including the former special operations Unit commander Nixon Agasirwe, Joel Aguma , Benon Atwebembeirwe and Abel Tumukunde adding that they cannot plead to fresh charges of being in unlawful possession of grunades yet the Highcourt quashed this trial .
It's at this point that Lt. Gen Gutti informed Alaka that there is harmony in this country and UPDF will continue respecting the law , and hence forth ordered that all the 7 police officers be remanded to Makindye police Millitary barracks and their civillian co-accused be taken to Kigo prison until the 27th/March/2018. The accused had reported back to the Millitary court today for the mention of their case.