The state has up to December 6 to produce the widows of slain Sheikh Abas Muhammad Kirevu before High court judge, Musa Ssekaana.
"This is to command you to attend Court in persons or by your representative in the High court of Uganda before a judge…immediately after the receipt of this out writ. the bodies of Amina Nabadda. Sofia Nakachwa and Mariam Najjuko being taken in your custody as is said together with the day and cause of heir being taken and detained by whatsoever name…” reads the order.
Justice Ssekaana issued the order following an application by Amina Nabadda and Sofia Nakachwa, both widows of the late Sheikh Kirevu and their sister-in-law, Mariam Najjuuko through their lawyers of Nalukoola, Kakeeto Advocates and Nyanzi, Kiboneka and Mbabazi Advocates.
The trio was arrested by security forces during a raid on their residence in Busabala-Makindye Ssabagabo Division, Wakiso district on November 18, 2021. The operatives arrested Sheikh Kirevu and shot him dead for his alleged links to the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
Police claimed that the deceased Sheikh who was suspected of recruiting people for ADF was killed after he violently tried to resist arrest, a narrative the family has since dismissed as false.
Security has since held Kirevu’s widows and sister incommunicado, which prompted them to sue the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), the director of Criminal Investigations Department (CID), the commandant of Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and the Attorney General.
Court heard that the three persons were abducted and kidnapped by government security agents and bundled into a vehicle after killing the family head. The lawyers stated that the whereabouts of the three persons remain unknown and there is fear that after the killing of Sheikh Kereru, the applicants could have also been killed.
“That the applicants may be under intense torture and inhuman treatment by the security operatives as is being done to the Muslims arrested as terrorists/ADF,” reads the court documents.
In a sworn affidavit supporting the application, Ibrahim Kirevu, a family member said that he had visited several police stations, which are gazetted detention facilities to try and find the trio in vain.
The lawyers argued that it was in the interest of justice that the court reviews the legality of the arrest, imprisonment and detention.