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Lawyers cry foul as Col Ndahura’s health deteriorates in army detention

Lawyers of former Uganda Police Director of Crime Intelligence ,Col. Atwooki Ndahura Birakurataki confirm that his health continues to deteriorate in detention(FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The life of the former Police Director of Crime Intelligence, Col Atwooki Ndahura, has deteriorated in detention as the army continues to delay his appearance in court, his lawyers have said.

Col Ndahura was two weeks ago charged with interfering with the army process before the Unit Disciplinary Court of the Chief of Military Intelligence in Mbuya.

But his lawyer, Evans Ochieng, said the army is yet to present him before court for the hearing of the case. As a result, Ochieng said Col Ndahura is in poor health because he is unable to see doctors as he is diabetic. The lawyer also said his client is being detained in poor conditions, which are making his health worse.

On Friday, the army was expected to present him before the army court for the hearing of the case but this did not happen and Ochieng said the army did not offer any explanation.

He has threatened to return to the High Court to demand that his client is released. Three weeks ago, Ndahura’s family run to the civil court, demanding that the army be compelled to produce him before it.

However, the army then charged him and remanded him. According to prosecution, Ndahura fabricated evidence containing a list of Rwandan refugees and justifying their kidnap and deportation back to Rwanda. Senior police officers Nickson Agasirwe, Joel Aguma, James Maganda, Faiswal Katende, Abel Kitagenda, Benon Atwebembeire and Amon Kwarisima have been facing trial over similar charges.

Ndahura was arrested alongside former Flying Squad Commander Herbert Muhangi, former cyber intelligence boss Richard Ndaboine and former police chief Kale Kayihura. All the four are still in army detention and are yet to be produced in court.

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