It is alleged that on March 2014 at the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) headquarters in Kampala, Detective Poteli, being in possession of an official secret entrusted to him as a person holding an office of the government of Uganda, did pass on this confidential information to persons not authorized to receive it.
Detective Ronald Poteli, who was brought from Luzira to Buganda Road Court today, had his hopes of being set free dashed after prosecution asked court for more time to study documents that he presented to support his plea that he should be released unconditionally after spending more than 48 hours in detention.
Last week, the state slapped charges of wrongful communication and leaking intelligence Information to the public against detective Poteli contrary to Sections4 (1) of the Official Secrets Act.
The recordings most of which had Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura discussing political issues with different people went viral in recent weeks.
However, when arraigned before the court, he declined to plead to the same charges on grounds that his constitutional rights were violated, claiming he was in police detention beyond the 48 hours without being charged. He then demanded that should be released unconditionally.
Presiding Chief Magistrate Lillian Buchana further remanded him to Luzira prison until Monday May 12th 2014.
Detective Poteli, 32, attached to Electoral and Political Crimes Department was arrested on April 6 and charged on April 27 after 19 days in detention.
When the case came up today, through his lawyer Vicente Mugisha, the suspect presented to court evidence in form of affidavits from his relatives to prove that he had spent in police detention more than the mandated 48 hours.
According to the charge-sheet, it is alleged that on March 2014 at the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) headquarters in Kampala, Detective Poteli, being in possession of an official secret entrusted to him as a person holding an office of the government of Uganda, did pass on this confidential information to persons not authorized to receive it.
It is alleged that Poteli handed the recordings to Jacqueline Mbabazi, the wife of Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi.
Jacqueline Mbabazi, who recently addressed a couple of press conferences, observed that the recordings were of Gen Kayihura coaching youth to implicate her husband as having Presidential ambitions to replace President Museveni come 2016.
Police investigations indicate that Poteri logged in the CIID’s computers and illegally downloaded the said recordings.
It further insists that the recordings that were published online are exactly the same as those they have been keeping in their records.