12 October 2017

Uganda: Tortured Kaweesi Murder Suspects to Get 80 Million Shillings

Photo: Abubaker Lubowa/Daily Monitor
Suspects in the murder of former AIGP Felix Kaweesi display injuries that were allegedly inflicted on them by police officers at Nalufenya Detention Centre.

The High court in Kampala has ordered that the 22 tortured suspects in the murder of former police spokesman AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, be compensated 80m shillings each, with an interest of 20percent.

This after presiding judge Magret oguli Oumo ruled that their rights to life and liberty were violated by government security officers, yet they are mere suspects and innocent till proved guilty.

The Judge based her decision on a medical report made by the African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims, that revealed the suspects were found to be suffering from various ailments both physical and mental, and needed immediate medical attention.

Justice Oguli noted that she was in no doubt that the Kaweesi suspects were tortured and subjected to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment, and that government security officers from police and military are responsible for the brutal acts meted on the 22 suspcts.

She then ordered that the Suspects be given medical treatment at Luzira prison were they are currently detained pending trial, and that the African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (ACTRTVs) monitors thier health and files a monthly report to court.

The Judge also ordered that Government pays them costs of this case.

However, the Judge could not grant their prayer to release them from custody due to the said mistreatment, saying they were still reporting to a court of competent jurisdiction for the pending murder case at Nakawa Magistrate Court.

Through their lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, the suspects dragged Government to court in April this year following their arrest, that they claim was not carried out as required by the law.

The court has indeed found that they were violently arrested from different locations in the country, they were hooded, blindfolded and administered with unknown drugs before they were dumped in military custody were they spent over 60days being tortured.

None of the suspects was allowed to access a lawyer, a doctor or a relative which mistreatment the courts do not condone.

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