Jinja Court Rejects State’s Move to Block Mumbere Bail Application

King Charles Wesley Mumbere is seeking to be released on bail from Luzira Prison

High Court in Jinja has dismissed a request by the Directorate of Public Prosecution to have Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere apply for bail only in the International Crimes Division in Kampala.

On Monday this week, no rx the DPP had sought to block the King from filing for bail at the Jinja Court, information pills arguing that it has no jurisdiction to entertain the application.

Prosecution led by Racheal Bikhole argued, salve “The applicant (Mumbere) has terrorism among charges against him which can only be heard by the International Crimes Division.”

This however, was today overruled by the Jinja Court Judge Eva Luswata who pointed out that her court has powers to grant bail to the applicant as may be deemed fit.

The judge said that the argument by state that it is up to the Principle Judge to designate a judge to hear this application as part International Crimes Division, is misinterpreted.

Justice Luswata also ruled that at this stage when the DPP has not yet committed Mumbere for trial before the ICD, the king can appear before any High Court judge for purposes of bail hearing .

She added that his is so because the Constitution gives the High Court unlimited jurisdiction to entertain all matters and therefore she doesn’t need to be designated as an ICD judge by the Principle Judge to hear this application.

By publication time, the hearing of Mumbere’s bail application was ongoing at the Jinja court.

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