UPC's Dan Odiya Charged with Treason, Remanded

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Odiya faces seven charges which include treason, two counts of Murder, aggravated robbery and three counts of attempted murder. He was charged before grade one magistrate Paul Owino this afternoon.

Dan Oola Odiya, the Uganda People's Congress-UPC party National Deputy Mobilizer has been charged with treason and remanded to Gulu Central Prison.

Odiya faces seven charges which include treason, two counts of Murder, aggravated robbery and three counts of attempted murder.  He was charged before grade one magistrate Paul Owino this afternoon.

Odiya who also doubles as the UPC Spokesperson for Acholi Sub-region was arrested last week and was later linked to the attacks on Opit LDU detach in Lakwana Sub-county Gulu district. Two people including a UPDF soldier Alfonse Ojara and a five year old boy were shot dead in the attack while eight guns and unspecified amounts of ammunition were seized.

Odiya who had spent close to a week in detention at Gulu Central Police station had recorded two extra judiciary statements in court by Monday and Wednesday before being charged.

He was charged alongside two other suspects Kenneth Otto and Sam Oboma who were arrested in connection to the Sunday evening attack at Gulu Central Police Station.

The suspects were charged in the absence of their lawyers with five counts including one count of treason, one count of concealment of treason, two counts of murder by shooting and one count of attempted murder.

Magistrate Owino remanded Odiya and two other suspects to Gulu central Prison until June 29 this year when they return to court for mention of their case.