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Army court halts Sejusa's trial on High Court orders

By Michael Odeng

Added 19th March 2016 07:46 AM

Although prosecution was ready to proceed with the trial, the court chairman Maj. Gen Levi Karuhanga discontinued the proceedings following a High Court order barring the trial.

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Gen. Sejusa arrives at Makindye Court Martial. Photo by Peter Busomoke

Although prosecution was ready to proceed with the trial, the court chairman Maj. Gen Levi Karuhanga discontinued the proceedings following a High Court order barring the trial.

The Army Court has halted the hearing of criminal proceedings against the former coordinator of intelligence services, Gen. David Sejusa.

Although prosecution was ready to proceed with the trial with a senior army officer Brig. Joseph Musanyufu still on the witness stand, the court chairman Maj. Gen Levi Karuhanga discontinued the proceedings following a High Court order barring the trial.

About a fortnight ago, Musanyufu, a Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) Chief of Administration and Personnel testified against Sejusa and was expected to be cross-examined by the defence team.

At about 10:55am, Sejusa, accompanied by the commandant of the Military Police, Col. Emmanuel Kanyesigye, arrived at the court in the city suburb of Makindye.

 

He was aboard a maroon Tata Marco Polo Prison bus, and was the only inmate, with two prison warders, one military officer and the driver as the only occupants.

Donning a pair of blue trousers and a short-sleeved checkered shirt, Sejusa waved to his relatives and friends, as he entered the court room.

On March 14, civil division High Court Judge Margret Oguli-Oumo issued an order stopping the hearing at the General Court Martial, pending the determination of his application for retirement filed in 2015.

The court is scheduled to hear Sejusa's application for retirement which was lodged at High Court by way of judicial review on 5th April.

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