Lady Justice Elizabeth Jane Alividza of the International Crimes Division of the High Court in Kampala has blasted security agencies over the continued re-arrest of suspects released on bail by courts of law.

Several accused persons especially those on capital offences have been re-arrested by security agencies shortly after release on bail by courts of law.

The latest incident happened last year involving Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya and his Makindye West counterpart, Allan Sewanyana who were re-arrested last year.

Video footage showed the two legislators being violently rearrested by security personnel clad in black counter-terrorism police uniforms, shortly after being granted bail on crimes relating to their alleged involvement in the Masaka killings.

In May this year, the two MPs filed an application before the International Crimes Division of the High Court seeking declarations and orders that they are in unlawful custody having been granted bail by the High Court and unlawfully re-arrested and remanded.

They sought an award of 300 million shillings for the unlawful arrest and detention.

In her ruling yesterday, Lady Justice Alividza blasted the state for waiting for the two MPs to be released on bail and then slap new charges against them.

Lady Justice Alividza said in a ruling read for her by the court’s Deputy Registrar, Pamela Lamunu that she tends to agree with counsel for the applicants that there is a culture of impunity among security organs that continues unabated though she does not want to interfere with the way the executive arm of the state carries out its function of maintaining law and order. END


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