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Sodomy suspects released on bail

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By Juliet Kigongo

Posted  Sunday, May 18   2014 at  01:00
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Kampala.

The two Pakistani nationals charged with sodomising a 23-year-old woman have been released on bail after eight months on remand at Luzira prison.
Mr Ahmed Shabaz and Mr Muhammed Kuwaazi were released on bail on Friday after court received a letter from Pakistani consulate Bonney Katatumba undertaking to ensure they would not escape justice.

“I find the sureties presented substantial for grant of bail. The accused shall deposit Shs5 million in cash and their sureties shall execute a non-cash bond of Shs300 million,” Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate Lillian Buchan ruled.

She also ordered the accused and their sureties to deposit their passports in court. Her ruling came after their lawyer presented Katatumba’s letter undertaking responsibility to ensure the accused would not jump bail.
They also presented a letter from the Imam of the mosque from where they pray, recommending them for grant of bail.

The magistrate set July 2, to start the hearing of their case and asked the prosecutor to avail all the necessary documents to their lawyers.

The Background
The charges. The two were first charged with rape and having carnal knowledge of a person against the order of nature (sodomy) but the state dropped the rape charges last month. The rape charge was substituted with domestic violence but the sodomy charge remains.

The case. The two are alleged to have tortured and sodomised the woman who was their house maid. The duo is said to have committed the offence between December 2012 and July 2013.

jkigongo@ug.nationmedia.com