Nakawa Court grade one magistrate Noah Sajjabi has set the 7th November which is Tuesday next week to deliver his ruling on whether to release on bail the 9 suspects who are charged with the murder of former AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi ,his driver and bodyguard.
The 9 suspects through their lawyer Ladislous Rwakafuuzi have this morning requested court to release them on bail having exceeded the mandatory 6 months on remand without being committed to High court for trial.
Rwakafuuzi informed court that even though there is an on-going strike of state prosecutors in the DPP ‘s office, this has not put the office’s work on halt because last week , the DPP managed to commit 8 out of the 22 suspects to Highcourt for trial.
Despite the fact that the DPP has not been represented in court due to the prosecutors’ industrial action over lower pay, Rwakafuuzi has explained that the actions of the DPP clearly indicate that they do not have evidence against the remaining 14 accused linking them to the murder of Kaweesi, his driver Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Wambewa and thus should be released on bail.
Having heard the submissions the magistrate informed the suspects that he needs week’s time to scrutinise and study the documents of their 18 surities so that he can ably balance their right to mandatory bail by making an informed decision.
The law requires that if an accused person charged with a capital offense completes 180 days on remand without being committed for trial , he or she is entittled to a mandatory release on bail by the magistrates court.
Meanwhile the magistrate declined to hear the bail application of the 5 out of the 14 accused including a woman Sauda Ayub on grounds that they have not clocked the mandatory period of six months on remand having been charged on 11th – May 2017.
All the suspects have been remanded back to Luzira prison until the 7th-November 2017