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State Opposes Baguma’s Bail Application As Court Sets Ruling Date

SP Aaron Baguma in court on Wednesday

Kampala High Court judge Justice Wilson Masalu Musene has set tomorrow Thursday 8th September as the date to deliver his ruling on whether not to release former Kampala CPS DPC Aaron Baguma on bail. Baguma through his lawyers Ronald Muhwezi, treat http://cms.prometeusz.info/plugins/system/jat3/base-themes/default/blocks/usertools/cpanel.php Abraham Tumwine and Innocent Komugisha on Wednesday paraded in court three sureties that included AIGP Steven Kasiima (Head of Police Traffic Directorate).

The other two are his uncles Robert Kato, 40, who works as an Accountant in the Ministry of Defense and Emmanuel Muhanguzi 37, who is a businessman residing in Kigowa

Baguma wants to be set free pending the murder trial against him along side 8 others in the High court.

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He based his application on a number of grounds that included the fact that the offence of kidnap with intent to murder is tried by the High Court and bailable before the same court to anybody with a presumption of innocence like him.

Secondly he says he is a serving police officer who has served in the force for five years and has assumed the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP). He took an oath of elegancy which shows that he will obey any bail terms set by the High court.

Baguma also holds that he is a married man with family of which he is the sole bread winner; he is a citizen of Uganda with a national I.D with a fixed place of abode in Naalya, Kira Municipality Wakiso district.

Finally the former Kampala DPC says he has helped in curbing crime in the country by getting involved in arresting of criminals who are currently on remand and serving sentences in various prisons.

Baguma’s counsel Muhwezi told court that basing on the constructional appeal filed by Rtd Col Kiiza Besigye, court should not refuse any bail application mechanically because the state wants it to be denied.

However the Resident State Attorney Jonathan Muwaganya asked court not to grant Baguma bail because he has exhibited a high degree of disrespect to the court, citing his recent none-response to the court summons. He also argued that Baguma’s bail application was filed pre maturely.

“The application was made on 3rd August accompanied by the affidavits dated 3rd August seeking to release the applicant on bail yet he first appeared in court on 30th August and remanded on the same date. Bail is for only incarcerated suspects therefore he can’t apply for bail before being read the charges,” he submitted.

Muwaganya added that despite of the fact that these offences were committed in October last year and the DPP ordered Baguma to be charged, it was never done and he continued holding a public office, which was overseeing the investigations of the matter.

“The DPP gave formal instructions with an ultimatum for Police to produce Baguma in court but he was never surrendered until on August 06 when DPP exercised his powers to formerly charge Baguma and therefore criminal summons were issued to him”

Muwaganya adds that the applicant didn’t respect the summons until a warrant of arrest was issued to him and then the world became small on his side that’s when surrendered himself to court.

He also believes that Baguma is most likely to interfere with the witnesses in this matter being that he is a senior Police officer.

In their reply the applicant’s counsels asked court to consider the bail application basing on the fact that it’s a mature application since it has been heard when the applicant is on remand and secondly it was received by the High court registrar on 1st September when the applicant was in prison.

They added that there isn’t proof that Baguma was served with court summons to appear before Buganda road court and refused.

Baguma was remanded back to Kigo Prison up to tomorrow when justice Musene will deliver his ruling.

 

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