Bishop Ssemwogerere Condemns Torture Of Kasese Suspects

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Police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi declined to comment on the Bishops comment, saying he needs more time to respond.

The Bishop of Kasana-Luweero Diocese Paul Ssemwogerere has condemned the torture of Rwenzururu Royal Guards in police custody.

It comes a few days after the 161 Royal Guards who are jointly charged with Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere, the King of Rwenzururu Kingdom over numerous charges appeared before Jinja Chief Magistrate's court with numerous injuries.

Mumbere and the Royal Guards face 41 counts including treason, murder, aggravated robbery, attempted murder and malicious damage to property which they allegedly committed between March and November 2016 within the Rwenzori region.
They were remanded to Bugungu, Kirinya, and Luzira prisons. The minor suspects were sent to Naguru Remand Home. All suspects return to court on December 28. According to Bishop Paul Ssemwogerere, during their court appearance some of the suspects appeared wounded, which raised suspicion that they were tortured in custody.
Bishop Ssemwogerere says while Mumbere and his guards can stand trial since they are not above the law, there is no justification whatsoever to subject them to torture and inhumane treatment.

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While delivering his Christmas message on Monday, Bishop Ssemwogere also asked the Judiciary to accord the suspects their right to a fair and speedy trial before an independent and competent court.

He also condemned the offensive on Mumbere Palace, which claimed tehe lives of more than 60 people. Police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi declined to comment on the Bishop's comment, saying he needs more time to respond.


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