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Court Martial Reject's Aguma's Bail Application :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Court Martial Reject's Aguma's Bail Application

Aguma applied for bail about a month ago through his lawyer, Caleb Alaka, saying it was his constitutional right to get bail and that he had his siblings to take care off left behind by his deceased mother.
The Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPFG General Court Martial has rejected the bail application of Joel Aguma, the former Commandant of the Professional Standards Unit-PSU. Aguma appeared this afternoon before the General Court Martial chaired by Lt General Andrew Gutti for his bail application ruling.

 

Aguma is battling charges of kidnapping Lt. Joel Mutabazi, the former bodyguard of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Jackson Kalemera from Kammengo in Mpigi district in October 2013 and illegally repatriating them to Rwanda and possession of military weapons.

 

He is charged together with Nixon Agasirwe, the former commandant of the Special Operations Unit and eight others. The other suspects are James Magada who works with Crime Intelligence, Faisal Katende, from the Police Flying Squad, Amon Kwarisima, Rene Rutagungira, a Rwandan National and Bahati Mugenga a Congolese National. The suspect pleaded not guilty to the charges.

 

 

Aguma applied for bail about a month ago through his lawyer, Caleb Alaka, saying it was his constitutional right to get bail and that he had his siblings to take care off left behind by his deceased mother. This afternoon, Lt General Andrew Gutti rejected the bail application, saying Aguma had failed to present substantial sureties.

 

Aguma had presented Colonel Ndahura Atwooki, the Director Crime Intelligence in Uganda Police Force as his surety. However, Gutti noted that there was evidence on the court record showing that Ndahura had received authorisation from the police Chief, General Kale Kayihura to stand surety for the accused as required by the police act.

 

 

Court also concurred with the prosecution that Aguma had the capacity to interfere with the ongoing investigations into his case and influence witnesses because of his senior position in police.

"Fellow police officers are potential witnesses and he might influence them if released in bail. We dismiss his bail application and ask the prosecution to speed up the investigations so that trial begins," reads the ruling in part. 

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