Muslim Clerics to Sue Kayihura for Alleged Torture

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The suspects, now on remand in Luzira Prison, complained that they were tortured on different occasions in the course of the investigations by the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force JATF.

Eight persons, accused of masterminding the shooting of Muslim Clerics last year, have instructed their lawyers to file a torture case against the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura.

The suspects, now on remand in Luzira Prison, complained that they were tortured on different occasions in the course of the investigations by the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force (JATF).

Their decision follows advice by the Pre-Trial Judge Duncan Gaswaga to file a court case against persons who have infringed on their rights in relation to a complaint lodged before the court early this week.

The suspects include Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga, the leader of Tabligh sect, Sheikh Siraje Kawooya, Abdulsalam, Abdulhamid Sematimba, Rashid Jingo, Twaha Ssekito, Yusuf Kakande alias Abdallah, and Sheikh Murta Mudde Bukenya.

Prosecution alleges that Sheikh Yunus Kamoga, the leader of the Tabligh sect and several others, directed systematic attacks against Shia and Tabligh Muslims, in a wave of attacks in which several clerics were killed. They face charges ranging from murder, attempted murder, crimes against humanity and terrorism.

Their lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuzi says that the suspects have instructed him to file a formal suit against the IGP and other key officers in the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force. Rwakafuzi says the legal team is now compiling evidence before lodging a formal complaint in court under the anti-torture act.

Polly Namaye, the deputy police spokesperson says much as the suspects have a right to sue police, they were brought into JATF for interrogation.

If the case is filed, this will be the second time the IGP is sued by the members of the public. The first is a case in which supporters of former FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye have dragged the IGP to court over police brutality.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.