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Masaka Court Orders Prisons to Produce Glaser

The production warrant was issued by Masaka High Court Judge Lady Justice Winfred Nabisinde on Thursday, after the Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Rachael Bikhole told the court that Glaser could not appear in court because he had to undergo another medical examination.
09 Aug 2019 08:00
High Court in Masaka has ordered the prisons authorities to produce the suspected German paedophile Bernhard Glaser.  

The production warrant was issued by Masaka High Court Judge Lady Justice Winfred Nabisinde on Thursday, after the Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Rachael Bikhole told the court that Glaser could not appear in court because he had to undergo another medical examination.  

The court last month directed that an advanced expert medical examination be conducted by medical experts at the Uganda Cancer Institute to ascertain Glaser’s medical condition.  But according to Bikhole, the state was yet to receive the medical report from the experts.

However, the defence team led by Evans Ochieng told the court that an examination was conducted as court-ordered and a medical report had been made, but that the process was delaying the process by planning to privately reexamine Glaser.  

Bikhole, however, said that the court left the decision on how the examination will be conducted open to both parties. She told the court that the defence had a chance of seeing the results of the medical examinations subjected to the accused persons in their presence. 

Bikhole says that the office of the DPP is also interested in the medical condition of the accused person and using the same order they decided to have another examination done.  

Justice Nabisinde issued a production warrant to prisons to produce the accused person on August 8, 2019.

Glaser is the Director of Ssese Humanitarian Services, a German/Belgian humanitarian initiative providing rehabilitation services to infected, affected, abused and violated girls in Kalangala district. The centre, known among locals as Berry's place also provides psychosocial care to victims of sexual offences.

He was first arrested in November 2013 and charged after a number of children under his care accused him of sexual abuse. The minors aged between 12 and 14, said that Glaser had repeatedly defiled them since 2007. He stayed in detention for more than two months.

During the operation in which he was arrested, police recovered a dildo and lubricants that he allegedly applied to the victims before defiling them. The detectives found that all girls at the facility had implants, one of the ways used by ladies in family planning.

Subsequently, 21 suspected victims were relocated to Kampala for safe custody, but 19 of the children returned to Kalangala days later.

But in 2015, Justice John Eudes Keitirima dismissed all cases against Bernhard Glaser due to lack of evidence.

He was however re-arrested in February this year, together with his wife Ingrid Hehns and 15 children.

The arrested was based on appeals by some of the children to the Resident District Commissioner Daniel Kikoola to investigate cases of sexual violence at the centre.

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