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Magara suspects still on remand as prosecution vows to adduce tight evidence

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Kampala: The eight suspects in the murder of Susan Magala have today further been remanded to Luzira prison by Buganda road magistrates Charles Yeteise after prosecution asked for more time to adduce evidence the will lead to conviction of suspects.

Ms. Magara, 28, was in February kidnapped by unknown assailants on her way home in Lungujja, Lubaga Division, tortured for three weeks and killed after her agonizing family paid ransom of over Shs700 million.

Appearing before court Magistrate Charles Yeteise ordered prison warders to remove hand cuffs from the eight murder suspects saying there is enough security at court, “ When you go back, do your things, but not before a courts of law.”

The chief Magistrate’s statement came in wake of president Museveni’s argument that during and after Court, suspects should remain hand cuffed after Musa Galiwango and Kiddawalime Muhamad who were on murder charges escaped from Masaka high court.

During the session, suspects asked for their transfer from Luzira prison on revelation that they are being tortured by interrogation officers as a way of extracting information from them.

“We need special treatment due to injuries and great harm that is always inflicted on our bodies, in prison we don’t receive all the required treatment,” Mr Ssali Muzamiru told court.

Courtsey Photo: Suzan Magara suspected killers appearing before High Court today

However justice Yeteise implored them to inform their lawyers saying with time their issues will be worked on basing on lawyers’ findings.

In reaction to the torture of suspects, unidentified prison warder said suspects sustained those injuries during the time of their arrest and they receive all the required treatment.

The matter was then adjourned to June 15, 2018 for further hearing.

The suspects were in April arrested from Usafi Mosque in operation that was conducted by a joint force of Police, Uganda people’s Defence force (UPDF) and Chieftaincy Military Intelligence (CMI) after receiving information zeroing them to the murder of Ms. Magara among other illicit activities.

The suspects include: Yusuf Lubega, Hussein Wasswa, Muzamiru Ssali, Hajara Nakandi, Abubaker Kyewolwa, Mahad Kasalita an Imam at Usafi Mosque, Hassan Kato Miiro and Ismail Bukenya.

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