Trial of Kaweesi Murder suspects flops again; DPP asks for more time

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Delayed justice? Kaweesi murder suspects in court; File Photo

Three years down the road since the brutal murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is not yet ready to commence the trial of eight people who are accused of being behind his shooting.

The former Police Spokesperson, AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, was gunned down in March, 2017 together with his body guard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Wambewa.

This was the communication of Assistant DPP Lino Anguzu to Justice Duncan Gaswaga of the International Crimes Division of the High court as the eight suspects appeared in court this morning, to know how their trial is going to proceed.

Only two out of 8 suspects who were arrested following the death of Kaweesi are still in prison while six are out on bail.

Anguzu informed Justice Gaswaga that the DPP has not disclosed her intended evidence to the accused persons’ legal team, and has also not assessed the situation to make the necessary applications regarding protection measures for 30 Prosecution Witnesses.

Anguzu also asked Justice Gaswaga to allow the DPP three more three in order to disclose their evidence and exhibits to the defense, so that the accused persons can ably prepare their defence.

Justice Gaswaga granted the State request to adjourn the case to the 21st/July 2020 but with serious concern about DPP’s inability to have been prepared for the case in the past 3 years.

The accused persons include; Yusuf Mugerwa, Bruhan Balyejusa, Josha Kyambadde, Jibril Kalyango, Yasin Nyanzi and Hassan Kasujja are out on bail and have been present in court.

However, Abdul Rashid Mbaziira and Alamandhan Higenyi followed the proceedings via video-conferencing from Luzira prison because they are still held on on other charges of kidnap.

All the eight men are facing charges of murder, Terrorism and aggravated robbery which prosecution alleges were committed on 17th/March 2017 at Kulambiro in Nakawa Division.

Their Lawyer Anthony Wameli put court on notice that he intends to raise a point of law to have his clients discharged and the intended trial be declared a nullity due to the torturous acts the police meted on his clients for which the High court awarded each of them 80 million shillings.

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