High Court Judge Wilson Masalu Musene has declined granting bail to three people accused of forging Chief Justice Bart Katureebe’s signature.
Prosecution alleges Joseph Nabasa, check http://comerydivertirse.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/related-posts.php 33, and Martin Matovu, 45, and Saleh Luzinda with others still at large on April 16, 2015 obtained over Shs 437m from Mukesh Sukla, the Executive Director of Shumuk Group of Companies, falsely pretending to have been sent by the Chief Justice.
It is further alleged in the same period, the duo knowingly and fraudulently uttered a false document dated April 16, 2015 reference CJ/Misc 28 directing the official hand over of Hotel Diplomate to Mr Mukesh Shukla.
Chimp Corps heard the letter was purportedly authored by Chief justice of Uganda.
The accused are also under fire for reportedly forging a letter dated November 11,2015 with reference 3H/INV/11/13 purporting to have been issued from State House to Mr Shukla of Shumuk group of companies by Mary Amajo, the Principal Private Secretary to the President.
The trio, whose bail application first failed at Buganda Road Court where they are being tried, had reapplied with the hope of being released pending trial.
The accused claimed in their application that bail is a constitutional entitlement as suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
They further told court they had fixed places of abode within the court’s jurisdiction and further presented two sureties each.
However, Senior State Attorney Isaiah Wanamama objected to this application saying applicants have not provided any exceptional circumstances requiring them to get bail.
The government lawyer further stated the accused were facing an offence of obtaining huge sums of money from a high profile person (Chief Justice) and so far two witnesses have testified in this matter before Buganda Road Court, adding, “therefore, once released they may interfere with the case hearing.”
In his ruling, Justice Masalu urged the accused to face court as the prosecution was proceeding smoothly.
“Since there has been no delayed prosecution, the hearing of the matter before the Chief Magistrate’s court must continue expeditiously. In case there is any delay in trial, then you can reapply for bail,” ruled the judge.
Justice Masalu added that bail is a constitutional right to every innocent person which can’t be denied basing on mere allegations but that court has the discretion to grant or deny any applicant bail.
All the three accused persons have been sent back to Luzira prison pending their trial before Buganda Road Court.