Scores Detained without Trial – Report
By Serestino Tusingwire
Report released by the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative indicates that an overwhelming number of Ugandans are being held in prisons without trial.
The report titled “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied ” shows that between June 2016 and February 2017 3,674 suspects arrested for petty theft were remanded beyond the constitutional 60 days while 628 others arrested for capital offences were unlawfully kept on the pre-trial stage beyond the recommended 180 days.
It further reveals that 92% of suspects spend more than 48 hours in police cells without being formally charged, with those arrested for non-capital offences spending more than 11 days while those arrested on capital offences stay beyond 12 days.
Lizet Vlamings a senior researcher at the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative attributed these scenarios to the fact that Uganda has few judicial officers, coupled with the inability of the police to thoroughly investigate cases.
The survey was carried out in nine month period across all prisons in Uganda.