Muslim lawyers under their umbrella body Uganda Muslim Lawyers Association (UMLAS) have vowed to drag Government of Uganda to International Court of Justice or the East African Court of Appeal over the re – arrest of suspects in the murder case of former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi at the High Court International Crimes Division in Kampala on Wednesday.
The association president Hakim Lubega strongly condemned the manner in which the suspects were arrested.
He also accused Government of striving to ensure that the suspects “rot in jail,” and called upon Chief justice Bart Katureebe to issue a stern warning to the executive.
“We call upon Chief Justice to come up with a stern warning to the executive arm of government on these abuses,” said Lubega
The suspects Yusuf Nyanzi, Joshua Kyambadde, Jibril Kalyango and Yususf Mugerwa were brutally re arrested by plain clothed armed personnel from Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and Internal Security Organization (ISO) on Wednesday at ICD in Kololo.
“The suspects had not been acquitted but were simply granted temporally relief through bail to go home and get treatment after extensive torture as Court lawfully observed. We hereby express our displeasure and condemnation of the blatant abuse of the rule of law” said Lubega
He termed the development as open violation of human rights at Court premises and equated it to the unfortunate development that occurred a few years ago when a section of youths besieged Makindye magistrates Court and halted the trial of the then Inspector General of police Gen Kale Kayihura.
The lawyers also condemned the recent statements by president Museveni that Courts should not grant bail to suspected killers and Army Spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire’s statement that security forces will not look on as suspects get freedom through courts to destabilize the country.
“While we ponder on our next legal move to defend the rights of suspects, we wish to caution the Government to stop this systematic abuse of legal processes because with the prevailing deprivation of hope in the judicial system, people may decide to go negative and engage in extra legal means to defend their inherent rights”
Erias Luyimbazi Nalukola who is a member of the association asked why the incident only happens to Muslim suspects and not people that belong to other religions.
“Why is Government against Muslims. Why is it that this does not happen to non-Muslims. Why is it that Court grants bail to suspects and they get re arrested especially when it is found that they are Muslims?” he asked