Court Halts Kabaziguruka Trial Before Court Martial

Kabaziguruka chats with Court Martial prosecutors recently.

The Constitutional Court has issued an interim order halting the Treachery case against Nakawa Municipality MP Micheal Kabaziguruka before the General Court Martial, web until the final hearing and determination of the main petition he filed challenging this court’s powers to try civilians

Presiding Justice Remmy Kasule ordered suspension of the trial, page which was scheduled to resume yesterday before the Court Martial Chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti; who in turn suspended it until January 31, approved 2017.

The order was issued in the presence of Jane Francis Nafuma who represented the Attorney General and Medard Ssegona, MP Kabaziguruka’s advocate.

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Kabaziguruka is indicted with Treachery and offences relating to security in which the prosecution alleges he connived with serving officers to contrive a plot to overthrow the Government of Uganda between February and June last year.

The FDC legislator before been granted bail by High Court’s Judge Yasin Nyanzi in October last year,  had spent several months on remand  at Kigo prison

He then through his lawyer Hon Medard Ssegona petitioned the Constitutional Court calling for dissolution of the General Court Martial, saying it is unlawfully established and has no powers to either try civilians or UPDF officers as its jurisdiction is limited to instilling discipline in errant soldiers.

In the petition Kabaziguruka also seeks for orders discharging him and any other persons facing trial before the court that he terms as a merely an administrative tribunal.



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