Four people have lodged an intension to sue against government for being arrested but later acquitted of having participated in the murder of Muslim clerics.
Between 2014 and 2015,a number of Muslim clerics including; Sheikhs Mutafa Bahiga and Hassan Kirya were killed whereas a number of others survived assassination.
The International Crimes Division of the High Court recently set them free on grounds that the Director of Public Prosecutions had no evidence linking them to the sanctioned charges.
However, a group of four muslims including Yusuf Sentamu Kasibante,Isa Musa Mubiri,Ismail Sentongo and Muhammad Kalodo Kasibante have written a notice threatening to sue government for the unlawful arrest and detention before being acquitted.
“They spent more than three years telling the public that we were murderers and terrorists but failed to prove it in court,”said Musa Mubiru.
“We were tortured right from the arrest in United Arab Emirates until we were detained at Nalufenya.”
The group say they want government to come out to clean their tainted image during the arrest,prosecution and detention by the state.
According to their lawyers of Muwema and company advocates,the group will also hold the Director of Public Prosecutions personally liable for their rights violated.
“We know the DPP is protected by law but in this case he acted in bad faith to charge them of murder,terrorism,crimes against humanity and attempted murder,”Fred Muwema told journalists.
He explained that the DPP ought to have examined the charges and evidence brought against the accused before proceeding to charge them in court.
The lawyer explained that while in court,there was no police file,a thing he said indicated unseriousness and unprofessionalism on both the police and DPP side when they proceeded to arraign the suspects in court without police files.
“The DPP must account for his actions and his role in the matter because he was not justified in all he did. He never followed the law.”
Muwema said they would later sue for a compensation of not less than $5M in damages .
The group has now instructed Muwema and company advocates to write to the DPP Mike Chibita requesting him for an apology within seven days for their damaged reputation or else they will seek redress from court .