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Police Commissioner Accuses Lawyer of Threatening Violence

However, Olugo accuses the suspect\'s counsel Mudyobole of threatening him when his clients appeared before Imran Kintu, the Jinja Grade One Magistrate this morning for mention of their case.
Francis Olugo at Jinja high court

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Francis Olugo, the acting Commissioner of Crime has filed a case of threatening violence against Abed Nasser Mudyobole, the lead counsel of 20 Busoga terror suspects. Olugo is the lead investigator in the case in which the suspects are facing 21 counts of terrorism, aggravated murder and robbery in Busoga region.

The suspects are accused of killing Sheik Daktur Abdul Qadir Muwaya, Tito Okware, the LC 3 chairperson Buyinja Sub County and Muzamir Babale and Karim Tenywa, both police constables. Some of the suspects are Ali Kabambwe, Salim Yahaya, Musa Dochu, Ibrahim Wanjala, Adam Din Bashir Wabula, Ahmed Wasigu and Daniel Wanyama.

However, Olugo accuses the suspect\'s counsel Mudyobole of threatening him when his clients appeared before Imran Kintu, the Jinja Grade One Magistrate this morning for mention of their case. He claims that Mudyobole walked to his table shortly after speaking to Ali Yahaya, the prime suspect and warned him that they would meet outside court.

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Olugo\'s complaint comes two days after senior state attorney Joan Kagezi who was prosecuting the suspects was gunned down in Kiwatule, Kampala.

Mudyobole declined to comment on the accusations shortly after the court session. Apollo Kateeba, the Jinja District Police Commander says they have registered a case of threatening violence against Mudyobole.

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Earlier in the court, Mudyobole accused police of violating the rights of his clients when they paraded them before journalists at Nalufenya police station with guns in March. He said the decision by police to parade the suspects opened them to public condemnation without a fair hearing. 

The state attorney who declined to identify himself asked court to issue arrest warrants for Jamil Mukulu and Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi, who are jointly accused with the suspects. Omar Daktur Bongo, the son of the late Sheikh Daktoor Muwaya asked the judiciary handle the case against the suspects expeditiously.

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