Friday, July 23, 2010

Uganda Alert: HRNJ-Uganda to sue police commanders for illegal detention

Kampala, 23rd/July/2010; Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is suing Kabalagala police station commanders namely; station commander Bob Kagarura and station’s CID boss Prossy Namukasa for illegally detaining Kingdom fm journalist Rogers Matovu.

Matovu 22 was arrested under unclear circumstances on Monday the 19th/July/2010 in the afternoon by the suspected Presidential Guard Brigade (PGB) personnel and dumped him at Kabalagala police station where he (Matovu) has been detained and languishing since then without trial.

“It’s unconstitutional to detain anybody beyond 48 hours without trial and whoever has been behind it will pay for it”. HRNJ-Uganda lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi said. Police should detain a suspect arrested by other agencies on evidence.

HRNJ-Uganda is disturbed with the way the OC CID Prossy Namukasa declined to grant a police bond to a suspect when she was approached by our team on Wednesday the 21st/July/2010 at 08:30am. M/s. Namukasa was reported saying that there was no way police could grant a bail to a suspect who allegedly committed a “grave” offence against the person of the president.

Sources told HRNJ-Uganda that Mr. Matovu recorded a statement on Wednesday the 21st/July/2010 at 3pm and a file was filed at the resident state attorney who could not take action but referred the file to director of public prosecution to sanction it.

“We are also filling an application to magistrate court in Makindye division asking court to order police to release the suspect” Rwakafuuzi said.

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