The students who were arrested on July 28 spent over seven days in police custody at Kasangati Police Station without being taken to court which is contrary to the recommended 48 hours.
Namirembe Hillside high school main gate
Seven students of Namirembe Hiilside High School who were arrested in connection to three fire outbreaks at the school have been released
on police bond.
The students were arrested two weeks following a second fire
outbreak at the school library and dormitory. The students spent over seven
days in police custody at Kasangati Police Station.
Information obtained from Kasangati Police Station indicates that some of the students were
released on Friday and others on Saturday.
Luke Owoyesigire, the Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, says at
that time the file of the suspects had been sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecution-DPP
He adds that upon review of the case file, the DPP advised police
to release the suspects as they wait for results from the central Government
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Meanwhile, the suspects are also expected to report to Kasangati
Police Station on August 16.
Owoyesigire says the results from Government Analytical
Laboratories will inform the next cause of action.
On the day the students were arrested police recovered a number of
items including bed sheets which were believed to have been soaked in kerosene,
iron box, and a bottle among others.
It is alleged that during interrogation some of the students confessed to
arson, an offense which can attract life imprisonment upon being convicted
according the Penal Code Act.
However, it is said that the students accused the school management of mistreatment in form of
corporal punishments and poor feeding, allegations denied by the school.