Tribunal grants torture victim Shs16m compensation
Posted Saturday, September 28 2013 at 01:00
Mr Godfrey Bategyereize, a resident of Bitereko in Mitooma District, was tortured by police in 2008.
The Uganda Human Rights Commission Court (UHRC) tribunal sitting in Mbarara District has awarded a police torture victim a compensation of Shs16.5 million.
This stems from a complaint lodged with the tribunal by Mr Godfrey Bategyereize, a resident of Bitereko in Mitooma District, over torture and injuries inflicted on him by the police.
Prosecution told the tribunal that in 2008 Mr Bategyereize was embroiled in a domestic wrangle that resulted into his arrest by police at Bitereko Police Station. In the process of arrest and detention, he suffered injuries around the neck and head.
The presiding commissioner, Mr John Katebarirwe, on Thursday said the UHRC tribunal was satisfied with evidence from prosecution that the victim was tortured and suffered in the hands of police. He said torture should be condemned in the strongest terms.
“We are satisfied as the commission that the victim was tortured, and from the way he suffered, government should compensate him. I therefore order government to pay him Shs10 million for torture, Shs3 million for injuries inflicted on him and Shs3.5 million for property lost during arrest,” ruled Mr Katebarirwe. He said UHRC would follow up to see that government compensates the victim on time, adding that torture of people by security operatives should not be tolerated.