KAMPALA- Just a few weeks ago after Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court dismissing their application that sought orders for private medical checkup over alleged torture, nine suspects accused of the murder of Susan Magara have now run to the High Court.
The new development was communicated in court by the suspect’s lawyer Abdul Hakim Lubega when they had appeared before Grade one magistrate Robert Mukanza for the mention of their case.
The group is complaining of torture and inhumane treatment including threats to rape a female suspect, Hajara Nakandi that was meted on them by security agencies while in police custody.
“As a result of this degrading treatments, the suspects have ill spine cords in addition to both hearing and seeing impairments, thus seeking for further examination to the African Centre for Torture victims, an independent organisation that will probe more into these claims and make a report,” Mr Lubega said
The suspects have now run to the high court seeking for same orders to be referred to the African Centre for Torture victims that will probe more into these allegations and make a report that will help them (suspects) seek compensation from government.
Mr Mukanza had ruled that his role is only restricted to mentioning the case, pending committal of the suspects to High Court to stand trial and therefore advised them to make their application there.
The suspects who include; an Imam of Usafi mosque Mahad Kasalita, 2 boda-boda riders Yusuf Lubega and Muzamiru Ssali, hawker; Hussein Wasswa, a teacher Hajara Nakandi and businessmen; Abubaker Kyewolwa, Hassan Kato Miiro and Ismail Bukenya together with the recently charged suspect; Musa Abbas Buwembo have now been remanded back to Luzira prison until the July 30, 2018.
Prosecution states that the 9 suspects and others still on hunt on February 7, 2018 kidnapped Magara with intent to procure a ransom or benefit from her liberation from the danger of being murdered before going ahead to end her life on the Feb 27, 2018 at Kigo in Wakiso district.
The case has been now adjourned to October 3 for mention.