The Director of Public Prosecutions has tabled more evidence that she intends to use to prosecute the murder and terrorism charges against the Kawempe North Member of parliament, Hon. Muhammad Ssegirinya, and his Makindye West counterpart, Hon. Allan Ssewanyana.
On November 21, 2021, Masaka Chief Magistrate’s court committed the two legislators who are jointly charged with seven more for trial in the high court.
The duo are facing a string of charges including murder, attempted murder, aiding, and abetting terrorism stemming from the greater Masaka machete killings between March and June 2021, which claimed more than 20 people.
On Thursday, the prosecution led by the Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Lino Anguzu told Lady Justice Jane Elizabeth Alidviza during the pretrial hearing that they shared statements from 19 people, some of whom they intend to rely on as witnesses during the trial.
The additional statements are in addition to a heap of other documents containing medical reports, scene of crime photographs, and postmortem reports among others that were presented by the prosecution last month to pin the suspects.
The defense lawyers led by Caleb Alaka and Shamim Malende didnt raise any objection.
Nevertheless, Malende told Court that they had filed a bail application on behalf of Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana and wanted the court to set a hearing date since they were advised by the Court of Appeal that the International Crimes Division of the High Court has the jurisdiction to grant bail to their clients. Counsel Malende speaking…….
The suspects have been in jail since September 2021. END