UPC's Dan Odiya Further Remanded

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The trio appeared this morning before Magistrate Paul Owino for mention of their case. However, Prosecutor Paul Wepondi asked for an adjournment to enable the state complete investigations into the matter.

Gulu Grade One Magistrate's Court has adjourned the treason case against Uganda People's Congress-UPC Party Deputy National Mobilizer Dan Oola Odiya.

Odiya, and two others; Kenneth Otto and Sam Oboma, were on June 15 charged with treason, concealment of treason, murder by shooting and attempted murder.

Prosecution alleges that the trio masterminded the May 27 attacks on Opit LDU Detach in Lakwana Sub-county and the June 12 raid at Gulu Central police station respectively. Four lives were lost, eight guns looted and a number of injuries sustained during the two attacks.

They appeared this morning before Magistrate Paul Owino for mention of their case. However, Prosecutor Paul Wepondi asked for an adjournment to enable the state complete investigations into the matter.

Accordingly the magistrate adjourned the case until July 13 and further remanded the accused persons to Gulu Central Prison.

But outgoing UPC President Olara Otunnu castigated the state for preferring treason charges against the three accused person's without proper investigations into the allegations.

While addressing journalist at Northern Uganda Media Club in Gulu town on Wednesday, Otunnu who was flanked by UPC National Mobilizer Isha Otto and UPC party Spokesperson Okello Lucima, observed that Odiya was being denied justice.

Otunnu demanded a faster hearing and consequential judgment in Odiya's case so as he regain his total freedom.

He added that UPC lawyer Peter Walubiri has drafted a bail application to have Odiya released on bail citing health complications that need to be attended to from outside the jail.