Efforts by the Ugandan government to have Patrick Agaba, the key suspect in the death of Susan Magara, deported from South Africa, have faced a setback after his lawyers secured a court injunction blocking the travel, PML Daily has learnt.
On Thursday, this website reported that the South African court had finally handed over Agaba to Ugandan security agencies, working with Interpol in South Africa after agreeing that the evidence submitted in court was substantial for the extradition of the suspect. The plane carrying Agaba was expected at Entebbe Airport on Thursday evening.
However, security sources last night told PML Daily that shortly before they were due to board a plane with Agaba, the court injunction blocked the transfer until an application by the suspect contesting his repatriation is heard in court. Sources said the detectives have since returned home as they wait for a decision by the South African court, which is expected to sit next week.
Agaba, aka Pato, was arrested on March 7 by South African police in collaboration with Ugandan security agencies ISO, ESO and CMI. However, the court in Randburg had asked the Ugandan security agencies to present enough evidence that Pato committed crimes that would call for his extradition to face trial here.
Last week, this website saw documents which were submitted to the South African court by Ugandan security officials supporting their extradition request.
One of the documents submitted to court indicates that Pato should be brought to Uganda so as to crosscheck whether some of the calls from his mobile phone match those made by Susan’s killers to her family as they demanded for ransom.
“Agaba should be extradited to help in the investigations and also crosscheck whether the recorded calls made between Magara’s killers and the family match,” the government document submitted in court reads in part.
The government, in its submission, also noted that Pato’s decision to leave the country shortly after the murder of Magara was suspicious, on top of several calls made to some of the suspects.
PML Daily last week reported that security agencies believe Pato flew out of the country with $200,000, which is believed to have been the ransom that Magara’s parents paid to the killers.
Pato is said to have been a poor ordinary Ugandan about five years ago and that his source of wealth and lavish lifestyle has astonished many, including security officials. He is said to own a fleet of luxurious cars and several homes in the city yet he dropped out of university in First Year. His parents are also poor, with his father operating a small retail shop in Hoima District.