Jailed former Professional Standards Unit commander, Senior Commissioner of Police Joel Aguma has sought redress from the High Court to have him released on bail.
In December, the General Court Martial in Makindye denied Aguma bail saying he was capable of interfering with witnesses in the case against him before the army court.
Through his lawyers led by Caleb Alaka and Evans Ochieng, Aguma says he was not satisfied with the decision of the army court regarding the bail.
“The General Court Martial was nit right to deny him bail,” Ochieng told the Nile Post on Thursday evening.
In their ruling on December 18,2017, the army court chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew Guti argued that AIGP Col. Ndahura Atwoki who had stood as one of his sureties for Agums was never requested for permission from the Inspector General of Police as required by law before standing surety for the applicant.
The army court also argued that Aguma was capable of threatening witnesses who were his juniors in the police force.
However, Aguma’s lawyers claim in the bail application at the High Court that the charges against him are bailable and that he has substantial sureties.
“He has a permanent place of abode where he is the family’s sole bread winner and the care -taker of his sickly mother,”the lawyers argue.
Aguma was arrested with other police officers by the Chieftaincy of Military Investigations before being charged with kidnap of Lt.Joel Mutabazi, a former bodyguard to Rwanda president Paul Kagame.
Prosecution alleges that on 25th October 2013 at Kammengo, in Mpigi district along Masaka road, the accused using a pistol and grenades abducted Lt. Joel Mutabaazi and Jackson Kalemera whom they took back to Rwanda without their knowledge contrary to the Penal Code Act.
Prosecution alleges that the accused are people subject to military law for using weapons(pistol and grenade) which are ordinarily a monopoly of the army according to the UPDF Act 2005.