Police defy DPP directive to produce suspects in court
Posted Saturday, September 28 2013 at 01:00
Police have defied the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on a directive to produce in court three suspects who are facing charges of robbery and malicious damage to property. According to documents, the suspects, including an employee of the Ministry of Defence, were arrested in April 2012 and the DPP sanctioned the charges but they have never been produced in court.
The Ministry of Defence employee, who is attached to the department of International Peace Support Operation, is jointly accused with two others. The trio, who were given police bond and are reportedly currently at large, is charged with aggravated and simple robbery as well as malicious damage of property in connection with an April 12, 2012 attack on Mr Akulamusa Numani in Rubaga Road, Kampala.
It is alleged that the trio robbed Mr Numani of Shs2 million at gunpoint and smashed the windows of his house and car.
Principal State Attorney Jane Okuo Kajuga wrote on March 18 that the evidence was sufficient to warrant the prosecution of the suspects.
In an August 21 letter to the DPP, Mr Numani asked the directorate to prevail over the endless reviews requested by the accused persons. “It is very clear that the suspects are abusing the complaint system. Surely, three reviews of the file by the head office are more than enough,” Mr Numani wrote.
Ms Jane Kajuga, the DPP spokesperson, confirmed the development. “I know the file. A decision was taken directing police to bring suspects to court but we at the head office do not know whether police acted. I am going to follow up the matter,” she said in a telephone interview.
When contacted, Mr Patrick Onyango, the deputy police spokesperson could not confirm or deny the allegation. He promised to furnish this newspaper with information after consultation but by press time he had not responded.