Sejusa denied bail, sent back to Luzira


Sejusa alighting a prisons bus [Photo by Daily Monitor]

Former coordinator of intelligence services, Gen David Sejusa, has been denied bail and sent back to Luzira prison on remand.

Court will decide on the bail application filed by Sejusa’s lawyers on the 23rd of February.

Sejusa’s lawyers had cited old age in their pursuit for their client’s bail.

They even managed to produce two sureties including Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, and Dr. Kizito Deo, a surgeon at Case Hospital.

Meanwhile, the General Court Martial ruled that it has jurisdiction to try General David Sejusa despite the ongoing High Court case.

The court observed that Sejusa is still serving military officer.

Prosecution then submitted that granting Gen. Sejusa bail will jeopardise the ongoing investigation since he is a high ranking officer.

Prosecution also explained that Gen. Sejusa’s submitted sureties don’t qualify since they are not serving military officers.

Only army men on Sejusa’s rank can stand as sureties for him; he already has Gen Elly Tumwine.

Defence, on the other hand, submitted that the argument that granting Sejusa bail will jeopardise the investigation “is a mere imagination”.

Court Martial Chairman, Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga, sent Sejusa back to Luzira till February 23, 2016.

Sejusa faces up to seven years in jail if he is convicted on the six charges he faces.

He is charged with insubordination, absence without official leave, two counts of conduct prejudicial to the good order of the army and two counts of engaging in political activity, contrary to the military law.

On conviction for the alleged offences, Sejusa is liable to demotion and dismissal from the army under the provisions of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Act and Political Parties and Organisations Act.

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