Busoga murder suspects’ lawyer held, records statement


Apollo Kateeba, Commander, Jinja Police Station

The lawyer representing the murder suspects in the Busoga region Nasser Abed Mudiobole, was recently detained after he reportedly threatened a police officer in court.

Mudiobole, a lawyer with Luganda, Ojok and Co advocates, the law firm representing some key murder and terror suspects, reportedly told senior detective officer in charge of organized crime Francis Oluga that they (Mudiobole and Oluga) would ‘meet outside court’, prompting the officer to report a case of threatening violence.

According to police officer Oluga, given the sensitivity of the charges faced by the suspects, he felt his life was in danger. “My life is in danger; when I was in the court attending the proceedings of the suspects in the Busoga killings one lawyer moved from one side to consult his client in the dock, approached me with gloomy face and said we will meet outside. Basing on the sensitivity of the matters I have reported a case of threatening violence at Jinja police station,” Oluga said.

But Mudiobole denied the accusations and said he had met with the senior detective several times in court without incident.

“We have been meeting in court over different cases and it is difficult to know why he reported me to police,” Mudiobole said, before he implored government to stop ‘victimizing lawyers involved in sensitive cases’.

He noted that under the criminal justice system every suspect has the right to counsel.

Jinja central police station boss Apollo Kateba confirmed Mudiobole’s arrest while speaking to the press at the court on Wednesday, April 2, and said the lawyer was taken to Jinja Central Police Station to record a statement.

Mudiobole was arrested after appearing before Jinja Grade One Magistrate Isaac Kintu Imuran, to represent two of his clients who were arrested in connection with the serial killings in the Busoga region of sheikh Ductoor Muwaya, Mr Tito Okware, an LC3 chairman; PC Babale Muzamiru and SPC Tenywa Karim, both police officers attached to Bugiri police station. The suspects were arrested between 2014 and 2015 and are charged with 21 counts of terrorism, aggravated murder, attempted murder and robbery.

In a related development, while addressing the 21 murder and terror suspects on Thursday April 2, the Jinja Grade 1 Magistrate Imran Kintu said court had summoned Australian-based cardiologist Dr Aggrey Kiyingi and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel leader Sheikh Jamil Mukulu, to appear within two weeks or else an arrest warrant is issued for them. The duo, who had received earlier court summons on March 19, is accused of funding rebel and terrorist activities in the country that have left scores of people shot dead since 2012.
Pending further investigations, the magistrate said, the 21 suspects would remain on remand in Kirinya prison up to April 12, a day they are expected appear with their co-accused: Dr Kiyingi, Jamil Mukulu and Afan Muhammad, who are yet to be arrested. “Investigations are still going on, therefore you will return to court on April 12 with the other suspects still missing that must appear before an arrest warrant is issued,’’ magistrate Kintu told the accused.