FLASHBACK: Commissioner of Police Joel Aguma arriving under heavy escort at the GCM in Makindye last year

The former head of the police Professional Standards Unit (PSU) Joel Aguma has sought relief at the High court’s Criminal Division, applying for bail after the General Court Martial declined his application.

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 one Jackson Karemera, who were reportedly deported back to Rwanda.

Yesterday through his layers led by Caleb Alaka, CP Aguma sought to be released on bail, with his lawyer arguing the client has a right to apply and be released on bail.

Earlier, in December last year Aguma was denied bail by the GCM chairman Lt Gen Andrew Guti on ground that his surety, Assistant Inspector  General of Police (AIGP) Colonel Ndahura Atwoki, did not seek permission from Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura, to stand as surety.

“I therefore dismiss his bail application, because he might interfere with the ongoing investigations,” Lt Gen Guti ruled at the time.

According to prosecution, in 2013 CP Aguma and his co-accused, contrary to the Penal Code Act, arrested Lt. Mutabazi, a former Republican Guard (Presidential Guard) officer who had run away from Rwanda to Uganda citing persecution, and handed him over back to Rwandan authorities.

Lt. Mutabazi was subsequently tried in Rwanda and given a life sentence by a military court.