National
Judge warns police on parading suspects
Publish Date: Aug 09, 2014
Judge warns police on parading suspects
Commercial court Judge, David Wangutusi.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Pascal Kwesiga

COMMERCIAL court Judge, David Wangutusi, has warned police against parading suspects before the media, saying the practice violates the cardinal principal of presumption of innocence.

According to the constitutional article 28 sub section 3, every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed to be innocent until proved guilty or until that person has pleaded guilty.

Wangutusi said the police have continued to violate the supreme law by parading suspects as criminals before the media with impunity because the people are ignorant of the law.

He explained that one can sue government even after they have been convicted by court as long as they were presented as convicts before trial.

“I expect the police public relations officers who parade the suspects to be aware of the law,” Wangutusi said.

By parading suspects before the media, the judge added, the police spoil the fundamental ingredient of suspect identification by the witness in a trial.

“If someone has already been identified as a criminal on Television, which court can believe the witness is telling the truth. And suspect identification is very important in a trial,” Wangutusi said.

He was speaking at a human rights dialogue in Kampala on Friday. Human rights activists also want the police to stop parading terror suspects, saying “most of those they have paraded before have not been convicted”.

James Kusemererwa, from the police’s directorate of legal and human rights said the institution would ensure parading of suspects stops.

“It has been a mistake on our side and we are going to handle it. It should stop,” he added.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
MPs’ absenteeism irks Oulanyah
Frustrated by the poor attendance of plenary by Members of Parliament, the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah made a directive that all committees should stop business until the house has completed passing the 2014/2015 budget....
Bakabulindi targets Namboole title now
Nakivubo Stadium and National Council of Sports (NCS) having acquired the land titles that give them ownership of the land where the facilities are seated, State Minister Charles Bakabulindi is left with only Mandela National Sports Complex Namboole to accomplish his mission...
Kayihura defends Police militarization
THE Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura has said that there is nothing wrong with the concept of militarization of police...
Parliament passes Tax Procedures Bill
PARLIAMENT has passed the Tax Procedures Bill which is meant to harmonize, consolidate and streamline tax procedures into a single law...
HIV injection nurse appeal hearing date set
The hearing of a criminal appeal in which Rosemary Namubiru, a nurse who is currently serving a three year jail sentence for injecting a-2-year-old baby with HIV-tainted cannula needle, is slated for September 23, 2014....
Four traders killed in lorry accident
Four traders were Monday night confirmed dead and five others seriously injured, after a Fuso truck they were traveling overturned at Kyakatebe, about twenty kilometers between Mubende and Kampala...
Will early retirement solve Uganda’s unemployment problem?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter