High Court Judge Duncan Gaswaga has ordered prosecution to allow the lawyers and accused persons to have access to all exhibits which are intended to be relied on in the Kaweesi murder trial.
This comes after the defense counsels informed court that they were denied access to the exhibits which include the deceased’s motor vehicle and motorcycles that are currently kept at Naguru Police headquarters.
In their submissions, these revealed that they were granted permission to move in without their clients “which was so unfair.”
“Our clients were not comfortable being left out because it’s from those exhibits that they will prepare their response in court,” defense argued.
Counsel Ladislaus Rwakafuzi has brought it to the attention of the court that the accused persons have never been compensated and treated as per earlier court directives.
Meanwhile, the lead prosecutor Linno Anguzo informed court that they have no powers over the Police as far as these exhibits are concerned.
However, the judge ruled that the Police are just custodians of the exhibits and it’s the prosecution to decide on how the exhibits should be managed.
“There is nothing much can I can do when disclosure has not been made, remember this is a 3 year old case and this adds to my disappointment,” the judge said.
The defense team is comprised of Lasdlaus Rwakafuzi, Kwemara Kafuzi, Anthony Wameli, Stella Nakamya and Turyamusiima Geoffrey.
The pre-trial hearing of this matter has been adjourned to August 20, 2020.
The accused persons are Abdul Rashid Mbaziira, Aramazan Higenyi, Yusuf Mugerwa, Bruhan Balyejusa , Joshua Kyambadde Magezi, Gibriel Kalyango, Yusuf Nyanzi and Shafik Kasujja.
Prosecution contends that the eight accused and others still at large on March 17, 2017 at Kulambiro, Nakawa Division – Kampala District shot and killed Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his bodyguard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Wambewo and robbed them after the murder.