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Court sends Kirumira back to police tribunal

Former Buyende District Police Commander Mohammad Kirumira in the dock at the police tribunal in Naguru, Kampala

KAMPALA- Former Buyende District Police Commander Muhammad Kirumira will continue to be tried by the Police Disciplinary Tribunal after the civil court dismissed his application for unconditional release.

Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Robert Mukanza ruled that the magistrate’s court has no jurisdiction to stop the trial of Kirumira before Police Disciplinary Tribunal.

Mr Mukanza ruled that Kirumira is legally confined in a gazetted place as prescribed by law and the Chief Magistrates Court has nothing to question about it.

On February 2, Kirumira’s lawyer, Mr Jude Mbabaali, filed an application before the court seeking his unconditional release from police custody on assertions that it is illegal and unconstitutional.

However, the magistrate advised Mr Mbabaali that there are two courts that have the jurisdiction to handle his client’s application; that is the High Court, which had the original jurisdiction and the Constitutional Court that establishes the powers of the Police Disciplinary Tribunal. He noted that the case would have been different if the applicant was an ordinary suspect in the police cells.

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