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Army ‘secretly’ frees ISO director

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By EPHRAIM KASOZI

Posted  Wednesday, April 16   2014 at  01:00
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Kampala.
The Internal Security Organisation (ISO) director for Marines, Maj Herbert Muramagi, has been ‘secretly’ released on bail pending trial over alleged unprofessional conduct.

The General Court Martial chaired by Brig Moses Ddiba Ssentongo had set yesterday to rule on the suspect’s bail application.
In an unexplained twist of events, it emerged that Maj Muramagi was released on Thursday, last week, following pleadings by his lawyers led by Mr Nsubuga Mubiru.

The court registrar, Capt John Bizimana, said Maj Muramagi, who was arrested over a month ago, was “released a day before the set date because his health condition was deteriorating”. He offered no specifics on the nature of the director’s ill health, and we were unable to reach his family for updates on his situation.

Maj Muramagi earlier presented four sureties --- Majors Atega Haguma, Charles Ndaula, Jackson Kakuru and Melekidech Were --- but court rejected them citing inconsistencies in their documents.
The director is facing charges of conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline, which he denies.

He has asked the court to dismiss the case. Capt Nasser Drago, one of the lawyers representing Maj Muramagi, accused prosecution of delaying the case. “It is unfortunate that they (prosecution) are withdrawing their own statement. That is a clear sign there is no evidence. We pray court dismisses the allegations.”

However, Capt Gerald Bamwiterebye dismissed the pleas. “We are officers of court and not involved in the investigations. We are guided by the investigations officer and we ask for two weeks to have the case mentioned,” he added.

about THE CASE
Prosecution alleges that between the months of May 2013 and February this year, while in diverse areas of Kampala Metropolitan, Maj Muramagi together with others still at large hatched plans to kill his superiors and some Members of Parliament, a conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline of the army.

ekasozi@ug.nationmedia.com