TEDDY Sseezi Cheeye yesterday asked the Court of Appeal to release him on bail pending the hearing of his appeal.
Cheeyeâ€™s lawyer, Peter Kabatsi, told Justice Stephen Engwau that Cheeye suffers from diabetes and hypertension, which could be aggravated if he stayed in prison.
The lawyer also told the court that Cheeye needed constant check-ups and drugs, which he might not be able to access in prison.
Kabatsi argued that from his experience as a lawyer, Cheeyeâ€™s appeal hearing could delay as the court had many cases to hear.
He assured court that Cheeye, 51, would not jump bail, adding that before he was convicted, he had been granted bail, which he honoured.
Kabatsi told the court that Cheeye was a family man of good character, adding that his client was a first-time offender.
â€œHe was convicted only because he is the director of the company that received the money from the Global Fund,â€ Kabatsi said.
On April 8, the Anti-Corruption Court sentenced Cheeye to 10 years imprisonment for embezzlement.
The court also convicted Cheeye of eight counts of forgery and sentenced him to three years imprisonment for each of them, but ordered that the sentences run concurrently.
However, the Principal State Attorney, Charles Richard Kamuli, who represented Director of Public Prosecution, opposed the application, saying Cheeyeâ€™s bail conditions had changed.
â€œCheeye was given bail then because he was innocent, but he is now a convict,â€ he said.
Kamuli said according to the medical report from prison, Cheeye was receiving treatment and had steadily improved.
He asked court to dismiss the application. The judge reserved his ruling for a date to be announced in future.
Cheeye asks for bail in Appeal court