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Lawyers question top ISO officer’s arrest, detention before inquiries

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By EPHRAIM KASOZI

Posted  Wednesday, March 26  2014 at  02:00
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KAMPALA.
Lawyers representing former director of International Security Organisation (ISO) in charge of marines, Maj Herbert Muramagi, who is accused of unethical conduct, have questioned his continued detention without investigations.
Capt Nasser Drago challenged the prosecution submission that inquiries into the case against Maj Muramagi were still ongoing and demanded for a deadline when the hearing date will be fixed.
“We are not happy with the way prosecution is conducting this matter. Previously, they said that inquiries were about to be completed. Why was Maj Muramagi arrested before investigations?” he asked

Capt Drago asked the General Court Martial to prevail over what he described as the State’s delay of the case.
He was responding to a submission by prosecutor Capt Frederick Kangwamu, who asked for two more weeks to enable the State conclude its investigations.

‘Muramagi sick’
Capt Drago, together with lawyers: Nsubuga Mubiru and Allan Seruliika, also asked court to release Maj Muramagi on bail pending trial, arguing that he is still innocent until proved guilty by court.

Mr Seruliika argued that Maj Muramagi is suffering from an acute heart disease that requires expert and expensive management which cannot be accessed from prison.

Maj Muramagi, who denies any wrongdoing, appeared before the court chaired by Brig Moses Ddiba Ssentongo for hearing of the application for temporary release, pending trial. Court further remanded the soldier until April 1 for the State to reply.
He presented four majors attached to ISO: Haguma Atega, Charles Ndaula, Jackson kakuru and a one Were as sureties.
However, prosecution asked court to allow them five days within which to reply to the documents presented and also verify the sureties presented.

Prosecution alleges that between the months of May 2013 and February this year, Maj Muramugi together with others still at large hatched plans to kill his superiors and some MPs.

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