Attempts by currently suspended ACP Siraje Bakaleke to temporarily block his own trial at the Anti-Corruption Court have failed after the civil division of the High Court dismissed his petition.
The presiding judge Musa Sekaana ruled, “Judicial Prosecutions cannot be used to protect individuals against prosecution and the application for an injunction is hereby dismissed with costs”
This means that the arrest warrant over charges of kidnap and defrauding of Korean investors against him by the anti-corruption court still stands.
High Court judge Musa Sekaana dismissed the petition arguing Bakaleke had no evidence proving lack of reason and infringement on rights on the side of the DPP in charging him.
According to Sekaana though Bakaleke alleged that charges against him were without evidence but on orders of a third party that led to his suspension, he had no evidence on record to prove that the DPP’s act was something arbitrary, unreasonable and contrary to the provision for public interest prosecutions.
The judge added that judicial proceedings before his court could not be used by an individual to curtail a matter of public interest by blocking a trial against him without establishing a prima- facie case.
The anti-corruption court ordered for the arrest of Bakaleke after he snubbed court against various summons over corruption charges. Bakaleke is charged alongside eight other police officers
These are facing 12 counts of kidnapping or abducting with intent to confine; conspiracy to commit a felony and conspiracy to defraud.
These are to have kidnapped Koreans with intent to wrongfully confine them after which they were allegedly robbed of USD 415,000 between February 4 and 11 this year.