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City Lawyer Arrested over Razing of Ndeeba Church

The Uganda Law Society (ULS) has demand the immediate release of a lawyer who was arrested on Saturday in connection with the controversial demolition of St Peters Church, Ndeeba.

Mr Ambrose Tebyasa, who represented one of the parties in the High Court that led to the demolition of the 40-year-old church, was arrested on Saturday on the orders of the head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, Lt Col Edith Nakalema.

Mr Tebyasa was by this Sunday night still detained at Kabalagala Police Station.

In a press statement, ULS president Pheona Wall Nabasa said the arrest of Mr Tebyasa is unconstitutional.

“From preliminary information available, Mr Tebyasa acted as counsel for one of the parties in the controversial Ndeeba Anglican Church case. The Uganda Law Society finds this situation highly regrettable, as the advocate in question was arrested on account of his professional duty as a lawyer and an officer of court,” Ms Nabasa said.

“Since his arrest on Saturday, Mr Tebyasa has been denied his constitutional rights to know the charge against him and to have access to a counsel, contrary to the constitutional command,” she added.

The ULS president demanded that their colleague is granted access to a lawyer and also have him produced before court within 24 hours.

Lt Col Nakalema admitted the arrest of the lawyer but said he will be produced in court on Monday.

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“His name kept surfacing during our investigations. He has been arrested to aid with the police investigations; that is all,” she said.

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