Apac Family wants Ushs 100m for Son's Torture and Death in Prison

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Apac family to sue the Attorney General, the Commissioner of Prisons and the officer in charge of Atopi Government Prison for the 2010 death of its son at the hands of the state. The family wants Ushs 100 million in compensation for the young man's death.

The family of a young man who died in prison last year is embroiled in a legal battle with the State.
 
The family of David Olet claims that there is evidence to show that the man was tortured and killed at Atopi Government Prison in Apac district.
 
When he died on October 13th 2010, Olet was on remand for allegedly assaulting a woman. His family initiated an investigation in to the matter and after a court-ordered exhumation, it was established that Olet suffered a fatal fracture to his neck just before he died.
 
Last year Olet’s family began criminal proceedings against the prisons officers they believe were behind the man’s death on October 13th 2010. The Uganda Prisons Service has however been slow to respond.
 
Now, the family layer, Quirinous Oyugi has roped the Attorney General into the case. He has written a letter to the Attorney General stating that David Olet was treated harshly and was killed as a result of this treatment.
 
Oyugi wants government to pay 100 million shillings to David Olet’s family as compensation for the death. He says the money should be paid within 45 days or a fresh legal suit will be instituted against the Attorney General, the Commissioner of Prisons and the officer in charge of Atopi Government Prison.
 
The Atopi prison authorities are confident that they can successfully defend their case in court. Henry Berunga, the officer in charge of the prison, insists that David Olet died of malaria and there is evidence to back his claim.

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