Nickson Agasiirwe Challenges his Trail Before The General Court Martial

  • Posted on: 8 January 2018
  • By: Sanyu FM

Jailed Senior police officer Nickson Agasiirwe Karuhanga has petitioned the High Court civil division challenging his trial before the General Court Martial on charges of kidnapping 3 Rwandese nationals.

Agasirwe wants express orders for his release from Luzira priosn on grounds that he is not a Millitary officer and therefore cannot be subjected to Millitary law.

He contends that the basis of his charges before the army court does not hold water as he cannot be blamed for illegally possessing a fire-arm yet given his vocation as a senior Superintendent of police, he is licensed to hold one.

Agasirwe argues that unless the High Court intervenes, the army court will continue to violate his rights to a fair and speedy hearing, having had his ruling on bail deferred on 2 occassions, yet prosecution keeps on bringing fresh charges.

The officer also accuses the army court of being biased and fears that substantive justice shall not be served.

Agasirwe who is a former commandant of the Police Special Operations Unit, was in October Last year charged and remanded to Luzira prison by the General Court Martial on charges of Kidnaping 3 Rwandan nationals whom he is alleged to have forcefully repatriated back to Rwanda in 2015.