Crime & Investigation

Dramatic Scenes As Thieving Bulgarians Are Denied Bail

information pills geneva;”>Ivan Ganchev, viagra order Milen Katsarski, Adrian Dimitrov were charged on Wednesday at Buganda

Road but could not be granted bail because their co-accused Anton Ivanov did not understand English, Swahili or Lusoga save for his mother tongue, Bulgarian.

They were remanded at Luzira Prison until Friday.

But during the trial, the Bulgarians’ bail application was rejected because the allegations against them were serious.

“They are visitors in the country as some of them have been here for only a week,” Buganda Road Grade I Magistrate Julius Borole ruled on Friday.

Borole advised the accused to re-apply for bail before the Chief Magistrate before adjourning the case to September 21, 2012.

Ivanov was again not charged because the Judiciary failed to secure a Bulgarian interpreter for him.

The prosecutor Martin Rukundo informed court that Dimitrov was earlier charged with similar offense and was out on bail when he was re-arrested with his colleague.


Rukundo argued that if released, he would interfere with investigations.

The Prosecutor threw court into rib-cracking laughter when he told court that the Bulgarians’ sureties were not substantial, arguing they appeared to have just been contracted for the purpose of securing the foreigners’ release.

With leave of court, I can mention each of them their true names,” said Rukundo.

But the Magistrate responded: “Leave is denied!”

The controversial sureties were Fauzi Kayongo, a manager of FK tours and travel on Jethro Plaza along Wilson Street, Joseph Mukasa a milk seller, Amis Babi, a businessman in Umoja Market Kafumbe-Mukasa road, Sarah Sanyu a shop attendant, David Amano and Livingston Okoth a technician with Jubilee technical services.

Kayongo, Mukasa and Babi seemed not to understand English.

They are residents of Capital Village, Urban Council Zone Nakasero Kampala Central division.

The rest of the sureties claimed to be residents of Makerere – Kampala but could not readily tell their Divisions.

All of them claimed to be friends to the accused and had befriended them for one to four months which forced the Magistrate to ask: “Does any of the accused persons know the villages in Bulgaria where any of the accused persons come from?”

Defense lawyer Charles Dalton Opwonya responded that though they might not know where the home villages of the accused, the sureties have enough friendship with the accused to make them come back for trial.

“Even the accused are not ready to leave their friends suffer. The mere fact that Dimitrov was charged and he returned should be enough evidence to show that they are willing to attend trial. Court should just impose stringent terms on them,” he said.

The four are facing 30 counts of forgery.

Prosecution alleges that the four, who are all residents of Naalya – Kampala forged Carvel VIP ATMs issued by Stanbic Bank with intent to defraud or deceive purporting the forgeries to have been issued by Stanbic Bank whereas not.

The four were arrested as they were withdrawing money from an ATM machine at Stanbic

Bank Nateete branch a couple of weeks ago.

They were allegedly using a microchip and a phone battery to gain access to all the bank customers’ accounts.

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