Simon Peter Kinobe

 

The president of  Uganda  Law  Society  (ULS), Simon Peter Kinobe, has said his organisation will  deploy  its  legal  team  to  legally support  the four Kaweesi murder suspects who were  re-arrested along their advocate, James  Mubiru, moments after they had just  been released on bail by the Registrar, Esther Nasambu at the International Crimes Division of the High  Court.

Yesterday, chaos ensued at the International Crimes Division of the High Court in Kololo, as plain clothed armed security operatives forcefully re-arrested the four suspects implicated in the gruesome murder of former assistant inspector general of police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi who was gunned down on the 17 march 2017.

The re-arrested suspects include Jibril Kalyango alias Abu Aisha, Yusuf Mugerwa alias Wilson, Joshua Magezi Kyambadde alias Abdu Rahman and Siraje Nyanzi alias Jimmy Ssentamu.

Their layers however suspected that the released suspects could be re-arrested as it has been happening to at various courts and they decided to transport them in one car Toyota Noah Reg. no. UAY 077T to their destinations.  Armed men however could not allow them to leave court premises and surrounded the car that was driven by one of their layers James Mubiru who in turn no spare.

They were whisked away in a Noah vehicle registration number UAY 077T by uniformed and plain-clothed security officers who closed the main gate of the Court premises to block the suspects from leaving.

“The ULS finds it unacceptable that the re-arrest was carried out without following due process and in violation of the rights of the accused persons by unidentified persons and for unknown reasons,” he said.

Kinobe said it is unacceptable that the re-arrest was conducted in cruel, inhuman and/or degrading manner within the Court premises.

“It is also illegal for an advocate to be arrested while performing his/her lawful duty. We  strongly  demand  that  our  member  be  released  unconditionally  and  that  the  perpetrators  if  this gruesome act be immediately apprehended,” he said.

He asked public to furnish them with names of those involved in this brutal act so that we may bring them to book, “We condemn this illegal action of the security forces which has undermined the independence of the Judiciary,  the  legal  profession  and  the  rule  of  law  in  Uganda.  We also condemn the assault and intimidation of civilians with guns,” he added.