7 Police officers charged before court Martial

7 Police officers charged before court Martial

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Seven police officers have been charged before the General Court Martial at Makindye with the Kidnap of 2 Rwandese nationals; Joel Mutabazi and Jackson Kaleemera.

The seven police officers include; SPC Joel Aguma, SSP Nixon Agasirwe Karuhanga, D/ASP James Magada, D/AIP Benon Atwebembeirwe, D/sgt Abel Tumukunde , SPC Faisal Katende and D/CPL Amon Kwarisima.

These are jointly charged with 2 civilians a Rwandese national; Rene Rutangugira and a Congolese national Bahati Mugenga Pacifique.

Prosecution led by Maj. Rapheal Mugisha states that on the 25th/October 2013 at Kamengo in Mpigi district, while the accused where in unlawful possession of firearms and grenades which are ordinarily and a monopoly of only the UPDF, they conveyed Mutabazi and Kaleemera   to the Republic of Rwanda without their consent.

The accused have appeared before a 7 member court chaired by Lt.Gen Andrew Gutti but their lawyer Caleb Alaka has  objected  to the charges and the jurisdiction of the General Court Martial hence refusing his clients to plead to the charges.

Alaka contends that his clients cannot take plea on a defective charge sheet and hence asked court for time to file written submissions regarding his submissions.

Gen Gutti has now remanded the 3 senior police officers Aguma, Agasirwe and Magada to Makindye Military cells while as the rest of the 6 accused have been remanded to Luzira prison. All the accused will re-appear before court on 20th November 2017.

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