Sejusa Petitions High Court over Military Trial

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Sejusa filed a petition before the High Court contending that the criminal proceedings before the military court must be stayed until the High Court determines whether he is still a serving military officer who should be subjected to military law.

The former Coordinator of Intelligence Services Gen. David Sejusa petitions the High Court in Kampala for orders to block his prosecution before the General Court Martial.

Sejusa also seeks the High Court's intervention to order his release from Luzira prison where he was remanded on Tuesday.

Sejusa was arraigned before the military court to answer charges related to absence from duty without leave, conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline of the army, participating in political party activities and insubordination.

In his petition filed before the High Court today, Sejusa, through his lawyers; Mushabe Munugu & Company Advocates, contends that the criminal proceedings before the military court must be stayed until the High Court determines whether he is still a serving military officer who should be subjected to military law.

Sejusa adds that it's unfair to be charged before the court martial yet his salary and allowances including meals, accommodation and security were withdrawn by the UPDF on top of refusing to deploy him as an active soldier.

Sejusa states that unless the General Court martial is temporarily restrained from prosecuting him, he will suffer a miscarriage of justice because his case, seeking to compel the UPDF promotion's board to retire before, will be rendered useless. The case is before the High Court.

At press time, the court had not yet summoned the respondents Attorney General and the UPDF to answer to the suit.