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Kampala hotel murder suspects granted bail

The suspects in court last month

Court has released on bail five people including an Internal Security Organization (ISO) officer accused of causing the death of a Finnish national in a Kampala hotel in February.

Buganda Road Chief Magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda on Tuesday ordered four out of the five accused to each pay Shs10m before they can be released.

Mr Mawanda released Caroline Alinda on a court bond of Shs10 m because she could not raise the money in cash since she is pregnant and it would be unfair to keep her in jail given her delicate condition.

The case has been adjourned to April 24, after prosecution led by Ms Viola Tusingiwire informed court last week that inquiries in the matter were complete with witnesses to testify against the accused.

The accused Faridah Nagayi, a receptionist in Qatar, Fatuma Kabagambe a house wife, Nassifu a driver, Alinda a businesswoman, and Appolo Kyabagye a senior intelligence officer with ISO were last month charged with manslaughter, forgery, trafficking in drugs and conspiracy to commit a felony .

On the counts of manslaughter and trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, prosecution contends that Nagayi, Kabagambe and Walusimbi, on February 6, at Pearl of Africa Hotel in Kampala, unlawfully caused the death of Terasvuori Tuomas Juha Petteri, 42, a Finland national, when they allegedly delivered narcotic drugs to him a day before.

Prosecution further states that Alinda and Kyabagye on February 2, in Kampala forged an invitation letter dated February 2, 2018 purporting that the alleged document was signed by Col Frank Bagyenda Kaka the head of ISO. The duo is facing the count of conspiracy to forge the document in question alongside Nagayi.

Terasvouri was found lying dead in his Hotel room and later a postmortem report revealed that he had died of drugs.

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