35 Rwandan detainees were allegedly released by the Ugandan Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), transferred and spread to different detentions across the country.
While addressing the media in Kampala on Thursday morning, Mr. Eron Kiiza and Mr. Odur Anthony of Kiiza and Mugisha Advocates made this revelation which they say came after last week’s press statement over the alleged illegally detained suspects by CMI and wanted them to be given to police who are mandated to detain and investigate.
However, the lawyers say, that despite some of their clients being in the hands of police but, they have been scattered in different detention facilities across the country which makes it difficult for their lawyers to offer legal advice and representation which they say is illegal and unfair.
“35 of them were yesterday relocated from CMI to different police stations across the country. Some of them will soon face trial relating to illegal entry and stay in Uganda” Eron confirmed the relocation.
“14 people have been taken to Kisoro; 3 to Kanungu: 3 to Mbarara: 1 to Mubende, 4 to Kakumiro; one to Mityana; 3 to Ntugnamo and 4 are detained in Kampala Police Station’’. Eron confirmed
Some of the suspects on the list include Mufasha Rogers, Habimana Vicent and Sebukaire Muhammed detained in Mbarara, Rukundo Emmanuel, Niyonshuti Jimmy and Mutware Jean D’amour in Ntungamo and Kagenze Eric, Tumusiime James and Sejusa Alex being detained in Kanungu district.
These lawyers re-emphasize that it was illegal for CMI to arrest and detain, prevented their families and friends to access them in their incommunicado detention.
Odur added that scattering their clients across districts, complicates their ability to provide them with legal advice and representation.
He said that the rights of the 35 suspects should be respected at the police station to which they have been transferred and that their illegal detention should end immediately and these suspects should be unconditionally released.
Eron told journalists, that they are set to file a habeas corpus for all the over 100 suspects allegedly in illegal detention in Uganda.