Court Convicts UPDF Major, Junior For Ivory Trafficking

Convicted the two UPDF officers in court today

Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu has convicted two UPDF officers for unlawful possession of protected species.

Maj. Allan Rutagira attached to CMI Mbuya army headquarters and Corporal Collins Kamugisha attached to Entebbe Guard Brigade were arrested on 24th March 2016 at Hotel Africana in unlawful possession of 12 pieces of Ivory estimated at Shs. 120 million.

The suspects were pinned during the trial by among others Laban Muhindo, stomach a media officer from Natural Resources Conservation Network (NRCN)

NRCN usually works together with police using intelligence to arrest poachers and traffickers by tricking them into staged fake trade deals.

Muhindo produced three photographs, order one showing a police officer running after one of the convicts; the second had him cuffed and the third had a red Volvo which they used to
transport the ivory.

Other prosecution witnesses included Francis Taka a police officer to told court that they arrested three suspects in the deal but one suspect fled.

The magistrates based on this evidence and more expert information to convict the two UPDF officers

She further added that although the accused persons in their defense informed court that they had come to arrest people dealing in ivory they failed to bring proof and the action of the third person running away after seeing the Police showed clearly that they were not innocent.

Bail of the two officers has been cancelled and they were remanded to Luzira Prison until 222nd February 2016 when they will receive their sentence.



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