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Court orders government to pay Kaweesi murder suspects 80 million shillings over torture
AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi who was the Police spokesperson and director for human resources lost his life in a hail of bullets on the 17th of March 2017, a few metres from his home. He was killed alongside his bodyguard Corporal Kenneth Erau and driver costable Godfrey Mambewa. In the investigations that followed his death, the police arrested over 40 people some of whom were allegedly tortured
Some of the suspects leave the court room recently. DAILY MONITOR  PHOTO

Some of the suspects leave the court room recently. DAILY MONITOR PHOTO

The High Court in Kampala has ordered that 22 tortured suspects in the murder of AIGP Felix Kaweesi be compensated with UShs 80Million each attracting interest of 20 percent.Judge Oguli Oumo ruled that their rights to life and liberty were violated by Government security officers yet they were mere suspects, and innocent until proved guilty.

“The applicants are still suspects until proven guilty. And therefore should be treated well without torturing them,” she said.According to the judge, there was enough evidence to show that prison authorities were hiding something when they refused to subject the suspects to medication.

This follows an application by the suspects’ lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuzi seeking court orders compelling government to take them for medical examination to verify the cause of injuries they had.The suspects told the court that they were arrested and held in military facilities before being transferred to the dreaded Nalufenya Police Station on banks of the Nile in Jinja.

AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi who was the Police spokesperson and director for human resources lost his life in a hail of bullets on the 17th of March 2017 a few metres from his home. He was killed alongside his bodyguard Corporal Kenneth Erau and driver costable Godfrey Mambewa. 

The three were according to several eyewitnesses shot by men riding on two motorbikes.

In the investigations that followed his death, the police arrested over 40 people some of whom were allegedly tortured.