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Kaweesi murder suspects torture case ruling for July 24, 2017

FILE PHOTO: The first batch of Kaweesi murder suspects in court. PHOTO @MICOH

Kampala, Uganda| GODFREY SSALI | ​Hearing of an application filed by 19 people arrested in connection with the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, seeking medical examination for the injuries allegedly sustained as a result of the Nalufenya detention torture, has been heard by High court Judge Magret Oguli Oumo.

Their lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi asked court to first order for the examination of his clients by the African Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation of torture victims, and furnish a report to court.

However, the Attorney General objected to the defense request and argued that the suspects can ably access medical treatment from Luzira prison which is also equipped with professional doctors.

The judge said she will give a ruling on July 24, 2017, before conducting a full hearing of this application.

The suspects contend that they have not received sufficient medical treatment for the wounds sustained at Nalufenya.

They also want court to order for their unconditional release from detention at Luzira prison, arguing that their continued detention without medical care is a violation of their Constitutional right to life.

The 19 suspects are part of a group of 20 people charged with the murder of AIGP Kaweesi, his body guard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Wambewa that occurred on the morning of March 17, 2017 at Kulambiro in Kampala.

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