Supreme Court Upholds Godi's 25 Year Jail Sentence Top story

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The court, sitting in Kololo this morning said that they found no merit in the grounds upon which Godi based his appeal and decided to uphold the 25 year jail sentence that he has been serving since being convicted by the Mukono High Court in 2008.

The Supreme court has upheld the conviction of former Arua Municipality Member of Parliament, Akbar Godi.
 
The court, sitting in Kololo this morning said that they found no merit in the grounds upon which Godi based his appeal. The court decided to uphold the 25-year jail sentence that he has been serving since he was convicted by the Mukono High Court in 2008.  
 
The decision was arrived at after a 4:1 majority on the bench. One judge dissented to the ruling of the court.
 
Godi was convicted of murder in 2008 after court found that the evidence presented against him linked him to the murder scene of his former wife Rehema Caesar Nasur.

Part of that evidence included soil samples that were found on Godi's shoes that were coincidental with the ones found at the murder scene and a car belonging to Godi that was found at the scene.

Godi's lawyers had argued that the evidence was circumstantial and could not be used to convict their client.
 
Following the reading of the ruling by Supreme Court Judge Julius Tsekoko, Godi accused the judiciary of being influenced by the President. In an interview with URN Godi said that the President has interfered a lot with his ruling
 
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Godi also said that the evidence against him was ‘too light' to lead to his conviction
 
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He however maintained that he will continue with his political career when he returns from prison after he has served the last 8 years left on his sentence
 
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However the Directorate of Public Prosecutions spokesperson Jane Okuo Kajuga said that there was no extra hand in the ruling against Godi except the hand of justice.
 
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Godi was a member of Parliament representing Arua municipality in 2008. He had won the seat under the opposition Forum for Democratic Change flag. 

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.