Courts are under pressure to deny bail - NUP leaders

NUP secretary general, David Lewis Rubongoya 

Opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) party leadership has said courts are under duress to deny people bail following President Museveni’s remarks on the subject last month.
The leaders made the remarks shortly after their embattled MPs, Mr Muhammad Ssegirinya (Kawempe South) and Mr Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West) were again denied bail yesterday.
This was the third consecutive time that the legislators — who are remanded on murder charges connected to the recent machete-wielding gangs in the Greater Masaka region — were denied bail.  “We know all the judges are scared of giving people bail because of what Gen Museveni said, but that is against the law. He is influencing their decision,” NUP secretary general David Lewis Rubongoya told the media.  
Constitutional law experts have warned that denying suspected capital offenders bail threatens the presumption of a suspect’s innocence until proven guilty. 


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