By Farooq Kasule and Michael Odeng
The eight men accused of murdering former Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP), Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Thursday, October 6, asked court to dismiss the case, claiming that they were tortured during arrest.
Kaweesi was killed in cold blood on March 17, 2017, in the city suburb of Kulambiro in Nakawa division together with his bodyguard, Kenneth Erau and driver Geoffrey Mambewo.
Justice Alice Komuhangi of the International Crimes Division of the High Court will on October 31, hear the accuseds’ application.
The accused persons told the judge that they were tortured during interrogation by security organs such as the Police and the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence.
While giving the hearing date for the application, the judge concurred with the defence team that the decision in the application has an ultimate bearing in regard to the case.
The accused argued that the laws mandate the court to declare the trial of the suspect a nullity where evidence is adduced to the satisfaction of court that the suspects were tortured.
In their respective affidavits, the accused claim that they were tortured and forced to confess to the crime.
The accused are Abdul-Rashid Mbaziira, Aramanzani Noordin Higenyi alias Taata Abdullazack, Yusuf Mugerwa alias Wilson, Bruhan Balyejusa alias Jimmy Masiga Ogutu, Joshua Magezi Kyambadde alias Abdu Rahman, Jibril Kalyango alias Abu Aisha, Yusuf Siraje Nyanzi alias Jimmy Ssentamu and Shafik Kasujja.