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Lawyers of Detained 45 Rwandan Refugees Petition Court

Lawyers of 45 Rwandan refugees have run to court, protesting their continued detention at Nalufenya Police facility.

The refugees, from Nakivale Refugee Settlement Camp, were arrested from Kikagati border on December 11, on their way to Tanzania for a reported Christian fellowship.

However, it is believed they were arrested over links with the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group.

However, the lawyers of KOB Advocates insist that the refugees have been detained beyond the 48 hours required by law.

“That the applicants (suspects) have not been brought before a competent court to be charged with any offence cognizable under Ugandan law. That the agents of the respondent (government) have deliberately failed or refused to grant us access to our clients whilst in Nalufenya Police,” reads the court documents.

The lawyers want court to compel the state to arraign the suspects before the court and be formally charged.

The court petition comes after a flurry of pleadings to be allowed to access the suspects in vain. On December 18, the lawyers wrote to Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura to grant them authorization to access their clients in Nalufenya Police facility but in vain.

In a separate letter dated December 21, the lawyers petitioned the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) complaining that the suspects have spent in detention time without perusal of their files in violation of their fundamental rights to a fair hearing.

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The lawyers pleaded to the DPP to call the file for perusal. Meanwhile the application awaits hearing and determination before the court.

 

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