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Anti-Corruption court orders for arrest of Siraje Bakaleke

Siraje Bakaleke

Siraje Bakaleke

The Anti-Corruption court has ordered for the arrest of suspended Assistant Commissioner of Police (ASP) Siraje Bakaleke for defying court summons.

This was after Bakaleke failed to turn up today to answer charges related to conspiracy to defraud, kidnap and abuse of office where he is jointly accused with eight others.

They include Paul Wanyoto Mugoya a lawyer, Nabeta Samuel Mulowooza, the managing director of Eye Power Engineering Company and police officers Robert Munezero, Innocent Nuwagaba, Robert Ray Asiimwe, Junior Amanya, Babu Gastavas and Kenneth Zirintuusa.

These were all in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Grade One magistrate Moses Nabende ordered for the Bakaleke's arrest at the request of state prosecutor Harriet Angom.

Meanwhile, all his co-accused were granted bail of Shs 7 million cash while their sureties were each bailed at Shs 150 million non-cash. Bakaleke and eight others are accused of allegedly extorting Shs 1.4 billion from two South Korean nationals Park Seunghoon and Jang Shingu Un.

The two came to Uganda looking for gold amounting to $1.5 million, early this year. However, they were arrested from Acacia Mall in Kampala; where they were due to meet their lawyer Paul Wanyoto. Reports indicate that on the day of the meeting, the dealers were surrounded by security operatives, put at gunpoint and asked to hand over the money in their possession. 

A total of Shs 1.4 billion was handed over to the police officers before the two South Koreans were arrested and detained at Katwe police station.

They were later told that they were facing terrorism charges and would be deported. It later turned out that the deployment had been sanctioned by Bakaleke after a tipoff from the lawyer who indicated that two of his clients were involved in dubious activities and he had a suspicion that they were financial terrorists.

The police officers reportedly bought two air tickets with Emirates airlines using some of the extorted money. Bakaleke has since applied to Civil Division of High court seeking orders to halt this trial in the Anti-Corruption court on grounds that the DPP needs to first complete investigations before sanctioning charges against him.

Comments

-1 #1 WADADA rogers 2018-10-05 16:26
Its all a waste of time, Sirajje has done nothing wrong, he is only be witch hunted for being a close friend of former IGP.
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+4 #2 Mubiru 2018-10-05 17:01
All these trials are fake in the minds of all the cheated Ugandans. I am dreaming of the day when the "untouchable thieves" are tried and lawfully convicted in courts presided over by "unbent" judges.

When convicted (which will be miraculous) they must be imprisoned and all "their" (read public) property confiscated and returned to the state.

Precedents prove that once bailed, these thieves are free for ever and that could be the very reason why Museveni denounced these bails in the name of human rights as if the robbed Ugandans don't have any human rights to their looted property.
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+3 #3 Ugthinker 2018-10-05 22:57
Some of us told you here on this very forum when this known criminal Bakaleke was jumping on the death of Kirumira claiming that he was next to be killed!

This guy and many have robbed with impunity all thanks to NRM governments lawlessness.

Ugandans must keep criminal records of certain individuals carefully, until when we have a sound government for proper prosecutions
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0 #4 Jama 2018-10-07 18:03
The man is trailed like, many Victims of these invisible killer and when he decides to alert the public, that he could be the next victim after kirumira, a few days later he is arrested.

The justice in Uganda today is under the hostage of injunctions from those on.power. They can kill,arrest and torture whoever they wish as we saw recently in Arua.
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+1 #5 Wainanchi 2018-10-08 19:11
Bakeleke is Ugandan hero!!!

Let him walk free!!!!
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