Court denies Gen Sejusa aides bail
Posted Saturday, September 28 2013 at 01:00
The General Court Martial has declined to release on bail four people who worked in the office of former coordinator of Intelligence Services David Sejusa and instead further remanded them.
The four, who are accused of plotting to overthrow government by force of arms, include: Frank Ninsiima, (a serving military officer), James Karuhanga Nayebare (a soldier and businessman), Abel Twinamatsiko and Moses Nuwagaba Kakarugahi.
The chairman of the court, Brig Moses Ddiba Sentongo, ruled that the suspects are young men who could return to rebellion. The quartet was arrested on May 5 from their homes in a joint operation conducted by the police flying squad and the army before being detained in unknown places. It had to take their concerned relatives and lawyers to compel court to order government to produce them in court and formally charge them if they had committed any crime.
They were charged before the General Court Martial on May 28 with aiding and abetting of an offence contrary to the UPDF Act. Prosecution alleges that the four and others still at large, around the months of March and May this year, aided, abetted, counselled or procured Cpl Grace Nasasira and Cpl Geoffrey Karuhanga to recruit soldiers from the Special Forces Command into subversive activities intended to overthrow the government. They deny the charges.
Speaking to the Saturday Monitor, the suspects’ lawyer, Mr Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi expressed dissatisfaction about the court’s ruling. Mr Rwakafuuzi said the chairman of the court is already biased that his clients are “rebellious”, hence they can not get a fair hearing that is fixed for October 17. He vowed to challenge Brig Sentongo not to be part of the panel that will hear his clients’ case on October 17.
Gen Sejusa left the country in April after authoring a letter, alleging that there was a scheme to assassinate senior government and military officials perceived to be against an alleged scheme to have Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba replace his father Museveni as President. The army said it intends to charge Gen Sejusa with treason.