Crime & Investigation

Maj Muramagi Returned To Jail

view geneva;”>The UPDF major, through his lawyers led by Capt. Nasser Drago, Allan Sseruliika and Nsubuga Mubiru, had applied for temporary release after presenting four sureties including army majors; Jackson Kakuru, Haguma Kategyeka, Charles Ndawula and Merizadeki Were.

The defense lawyers further presented an introduction letter for the four sureties written by the head of ISO Brig. Ronnie Barya.

However, prosecution led by Capt. Fredrick Kangwamu told court that the four sureties were not substantial adding, that the identity cards born by the sureties didn’t clearly show their identities as they had no ranks and army numbers.

Capt. Kangwamu further stressed that the sureties were not honest and could therefore, not stand for the accused.

He cited the introduction letter written by the ISO boss which he said indicated that the four UPDF soldiers had been granted a three-months permission to travel from Kampala to various places on official purposes.

The army captain said this was not clear to the court adding, that the four sureties ought to have clearly indicated the purpose of their pass out which he said would then be indicated in the ISO boss’ introduction letter.

However, Maj Muramagi’s lawyers led by Allan Sseruliika stressed that Barya’s letter acts as a movement order because it permits the four sureties to move anywhere in the jurisdiction of the court.

Sseruliika further noted that UPDF has different divisions and the identity cards presented by the sureties were from ISO where they serve the army from and are therefore authentic.

The Makindye based army Court Martial Chairman, Brig Moses Ssentongo, adjourned the case to Tuesday April 15, 2014 to rule on the bail application.

Defense toughens

Meanwhile, Maj Muramaji’s lawyers requested the Court Martial to dismiss the case for lack of evidence to pin his client.

Kangwamu had requested for more time so as to finish up with all evidence against the accused and called for an adjournment before hearing of the case begins.

Maj. Muramagi’s lawyers, however, expressed concern over what they termed as playing ping pong by the prosecution side.

They said prosecution ought to have finished investigations by the time the accused was arrested.

Brig. Moses Ssentongo, gave the prosecution side two weeks and set April 23, as the date for hearing of the case to begin and that short of complying with this date, the case will be dismissed.

Maj. Muramaji is accused of conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline of the defence forces.

It is alleged he conspired to kill MPs and other senior government and army officials.

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