Former PSU boss Joel Aguma

The former head of the police Professional Standards Unit (PSU) Joel Aguma has today been denied bail by the General Court Martial chairman Lt Gen Andrew Guti.

Commissioner of Police (CP) Aguma and other suspects including SSP Nixon Agasirwe were this year arrested in relation to the alleged 2013 kidnap of Lt Joel Mutabazi, a former presidential guard in Rwanda, and Jackson Karemera who were reportedly deported back to Rwanda.

And through his lawyer Caleb Alaka, (CP) Aguma had sought bail but Lt. Gen. Guti ruled that the sureties he presented before court were not substantial for suspects to be bailed.

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He added that one of the sureties, Assistant Inspector of General of Police (AIGP) Colonel Ndahura Atwoki did not seek permission from Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura stand as surety.

“The Court Martial didn’t receive any document indicating that Col. Ndahura Atwoki was allowed to stand as a surety to bail out (CP) Aguma. I therefore dismiss his bail application, because he might interfere with the ongoing investigations,” Lt Gen Guti ruled.

Prosecution alleges that in 2013, Lt. Mutabazi, a former Republican Guard (Presidential Guard) officer had run away from Rwanda to Uganda citing persecution, but was allegedly arrested and handed over back to Rwandan authorities by CP Aguma and his co-accused, contrary to the Penal Code Act.

The Court Martial has now deferred the case to January 16, 2018 as investigations continue.