25 May 2008

Uganda: Ogoola Names Judges On Anti-Corruption, War Crimes Court

Kampala — JUSTICE John Baptist Katutsi has been named head of the anti-corruption court, while Dan Akiiki Kiiza is to head the war crimes court. The appointments were made in a major deployment that was announced over the weekend by the Judiciary.

The deputy head of the anti-corruption court,which is expected to start soon, is

Justice Paul Mugamba. The two courts are new divisions of the High Court.

The war crimes court is expected to handle the trial of LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony and some of his top commanders implicated in crimes against humanity.

According to a statement issued by the Principal Judge, James Munange Ogoola, the anti-corruption court will have two judges, two Grade One magistrates and a registrar. It will handle corruption, embezzlement, causing financial loss, abuse of office, money laundering, bank forgeries and theft.

Three judges were named to the war crimes court. The deputy head is Justice Eldad Mwangusya. The newlyappointed Justice Ibanda Nahamya is the third.

The war court will include three judges, a registry office, an office of the prosecutor and office of the defence counsel. The court will try serious war crimes and human rights violations perpetuated since 1987 in the northern Uganda insurgency.

A statement read by judiciary spokesprson said before the war crimes court becomes operational, the judges for the division would assist the civil and

criminal divisions. The anti-corruption court judges will handle criminal and land cases.

The changes also affected court registrars. Henry Adonyo, who was the registrar for planning, moves to the open registry. Wilson Masalu-Musene has moved as inspector of courts to the land division.

Roy Byaruhanga has moved from the criminal division to the civil one, John Ochepa Arutu from Family to Criminal Division and Esta Nambayo, the KCC Grade I Magistrate, is now the registrar in the family division. Paul Wolimbwa Gadenya, who had been registrar for the civil division, moves to the newly created anti-corruption division.

Registrar Godfrey Namundi moves from inspectorate of courts to Land Division and Lawrence Tweyanze, Grade I and personal assistant to Ogoola, has been appointed to head the registry of the newly created war crimes division.

The changes will take effect from July 1. Ogoola further announced the creation of new judicial stations to cover Masindi, Kibale, Hoima, Apac, Kabale, Kisoro, Rukungiri and Kanungu.

Ogoola urged the judges who were transferred to complete their cases not later than August 31.

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