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Court Pushes Zaake’s Torture Case to Next Year

High Court judge Esta Nambayo has issued guidelines to be followed in filing of submissions in the case where Mityana Municipality MP Hon Francis Zaake accuses a number of security officers of torturing him.

Zaake was arrested on 19th April 2020 at his home in Buswabulongo in Mityana Municipality for distributing relief food contrary to presidential directives in prevention of covid19.

Later, the MP dragged to court six senior police officers led by Bob Kagarura the Wamala Region Police Commander for torturing him while in detention.

The matter had come up for hearing today, but the respondents were not ready which prompted the judge to issue timelines to ensure a speedy trial.

The applicants were ordered to serve the respondents on 29th October 2020 and the response to be filed on 21st November and in case of any rejoinder, it must be filed not beyond 7th December 2020.

The case will return in court on 13th January 2021 for mention.

The court session today kicked off amid tight security from various security agencies who restricted journalists and other individuals from attending the hearing.

At first there was fear that there was a plan to arrest Hon Zaake and one of his colleagues on groups that they had fire arms.

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Speaking thereafter, Zaake’s lawyer Eron Kiiza said their side has been ready to hear the final decision about this case.

“All the pleadings are complete, all the evidence, audio, visual and written are already on court record and we are waiting for the final day,” he said.

I’m his main suit Zaake wants court to declare that the actions of police officers who tortured him and caused him severe bodily harm were intentional and violated his rights.

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