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Police call off search of suspect’s house

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By ANDREW BAGALA

Posted  Saturday, May 17   2014 at  01:00

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They abandoned the search until further orders from the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) to break the house.

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KAMPALA- Kampala Metropolitan Police have called off the search at a home of a criminal suspect accused of fleecing hundreds of people in an online scam in one of the city suburbs.

Detectives had gone with the suspect to his home in Makindye Division for a search but found nobody there.

They abandoned the search until further orders from the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) to break the house.

However, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Mr Patrick Onyango, said they had secured the home until a search would be done.

“When we get authorisation from the CIID, we shall then carry out a search. There are documents we need to help us in our investigations which we suspect are in his house,” Mr Onyango said.
The suspect remains in police custody, a week after his arrest but Mr Onyango declined to comment on his detention beyond the 48-hour threshold provided for under the constitution.

On Wednesday, police preferred three charges of obtaining money by false pretence, fraud through computer misuse and conspiracy to commit a felony, against the accused. He faces 350 counts of fraud.
It is alleged the suspect established more than seven online companies and lured people to invest in his online forex trading where he promised to give each member at least 20 per cent profit from their deposits weekly. Police named Telex Free Inc, Massive Ad.com as some of the companies.

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