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Court fails to deliver ruling in Magara suspects’ torture allegations

Buganda Road court has failed to deliver a ruling regarding an application filed by the 9 suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Susan Magara. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA- Buganda Road court has failed to deliver ruling regarding torture allegations by the 9 suspects accused of Kidnapping and murdering Susan Magara.

Grade one magistrate Robert Mukanza was this morning expected to rule on whether the suspects should be referred to the African Centre for Torture victims for further examination and investigations, however he said he was unable to write his ruling.

The accused persons had appeared with their lawyer Abdul -Hakim Lubega and the case was adjourned to August 15.

The nine suspects through their lawyer Lubega made an application to court complaining of torture and cruel 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 ailing 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 therefore asked court to refer them to the African Centre for Torture victims; an independent organisation that will probe more into these allegations and make a report that will help them (suspects) seek compensation from government.

The suspects who  include ;  an Imam of Usafi mosque Mahad Kasalita ,  2 boda-boda riders Yusuf Lubega and Muzamiru Ssali ,  hawkers ; Hussein Wasswa , a teacher  Hajara Nakandi and businessmen; Abubaker Kyewolwa, Hassan Kato Miiro and Ismail Bukenya and the recently charged suspect ; Musa Abbas Buwembo  were remanded to Luzira prison until today 30th July 2018.

Prosecution states that the 9 suspects and others still at large 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.

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