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Court Clears Kaweesi Murder Suspects to Access Medical Services Outside Luzira

Kaweesi murder suspects claim to have been tortured in police custody
Kaweesi murder suspects claim to have been tortured in police custody

High Court judge Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli on Monday granted permission to 19 people accused of murdering AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, to be taken to a health facility outside Luzira Prison for medical examination of the wounds they claim to have gotten from torture while in police detention.

Justice Oguli ordered that the African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims carries out the examination and furnishes court with a report detaining the names, age, diagnostic method, findings and recommendations of the doctor in respect to each suspect within 2 weeks from today.

The suspects led by Abdul Rashid Mbaziira in their application filed through their lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, claimed that they were arrested from their homes and taken into military custody where they were tortured.

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They add that despite the serious visible injuries, they have not received sufficient medical treatment; those with broken legs have not been given wheel chairs whereas those whose sight and hearing capacities were impaired have not been attended to at all.

These added that upon remand to Luzira prison, the wounds intensified.

In her ruling, Justice Oguli said the prison violated the accused persons’ right to medication when it denied them thorough treatment.

The judge instructed that during medical examination, police and other security agents should stay away from the actual place of examination to allow both the victims to express their ailments to doctors and also to give room for the independency of the final report.

The judge stressed that she has had the opportunity to see the suspects entering court with some unable to walk by themselves, which they could after arrest.

After the report is presented in court in two weeks, submissions will follow on the 8th September so that on the 20th September the judge can deliver her decision on the claims of torture against the applicants.

These 19 on remand in Luzira Prison are accused of conspiring  to murder AIGP Kaweesi, his bodyguard and driver in March this year.

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