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Police Officers Remanded For Torture of Elegu Residents

Court heard that the officers on 2nd April at Elegu Town Council in Amuru District, intentionally inflicted severe pain or suffering on 38 victims purportedly to punish them for disobeying a curfew. However, they all pleaded not guilty.
07 Apr 2020 15:21
The accused police officers standing in the dock before the Chief Magistrate for mentioning of their case
Eleven police officers accused of aggravated torture have been remanded to Gulu Main Prison.  

They include; Richard Balenzi, the Officer-in-charge of Police Field Force Unit at Elegu Town Council, Charles Musasizi, Jacob Odong, Jaspher Okello,  Augustine Opio, Kenneth Rubangakene, Jimmy Okello and Moses Opada.  

Others are Gerversio Byamukama, Bosco Okello and Ronald Businge. Meanwhile one of the accused Nelson Funga did not appear before the court. 

They are being accused of 38 counts of aggravated torture.  

Court heard that the officers on April 2nd at Elegu Town Council in Amuru District, intentionally inflicted severe pain or suffering on 38 victims for allegedly disobeying a curfew. However, they all pleaded not guilty.

Prosecution led by Jerome Anyina told the court that Funga who did not appear before the court shall appear in the subsequent hearing.

Francis Dawa Matenga, the Gulu Chief Magistrate remanded the suspects until May 7th.

Meanwhile, the six army officers who were arrested together with the police officers are to appear before the court-martial at the 4th Division Army Barracks in Gulu town on Tuesday.