Sejua’s aides: Court Sets Feb. 3 for Bail Application Ruling

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The military court sitting in Makindye, chaired by Major General Levi Karuhanga on Thursday set the bail application ruling for the Sejusa aides’ case for 3rd February.

Renegade Ugandan General David Ssejusa
Renegade Ugandan General David Ssejusa

The six aides charged before the General Court Martial of treachery and violation of the military code of conduct were presented before the court this morning in a hearing that dragged on till 2pm.

They were represented in court by Davis Mushabe, a lawyer to the renegade General David Sejusa and Eron Kiiza, a human rights lawyer, who earlier last year challenged the appointment of General Aronda Nyakairima as the Internal Affairs minister.

They arrived at court at 10:15am aboard a military police pickup sited on its floor and surrounded by four soldiers wielding guns.

They were then ushered out of the pickup truck, each with handcuffs tied to another and led away into the detention room of the court.

The six who looked visibly relaxed were allowed to chat with their families that had gathered an also brought them food items like milk and bread.

Court heard their bail application in which three of them (Nasasira Grace, Karuhanga Geoffrey and Ninsiima Frank) argued through their lawyers that they were suffering serious medical ailments that would deteriorate in condition if they are not released.

The other three (James Nayebare, Moses Nuwagaba and Abel Twinamatsiko) stood by the general argument that bail was a constitutionally guaranteed right and that they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Their lawyer Davis Mushabe, told court that the six have fixed places of abode in Uganda and were not in a position to challenge or disorganize any evidence that the prosecution had adduced.

The six aides of General David Sejusa were arrested in a joint military and police operation in May 2013 on allegations that they had approached members of the UPDF to start an armed rebellion against the government.

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