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You don't understand how Police works

By Vision Reporter

Added 22nd March 2001 03:00 AM

SIR-I wish to react to the letter "We haven't understood mob justice ïn your March 17 edition. There are various stakeholders involved in the process of administration of justice.

SIR-I wish to react to the letter "We haven't understood mob justice ïn your March 17 edition. There are various stakeholders involved in the process of administration of justice.

SIR-I wish to react to the letter "We haven't understood mob justice ïn your March 17 edition. There are various stakeholders involved in the process of administration of justice. These include the Police, the courts of law, prisons and the directorate of public prosecutions. Each of these organs has a definite and separate role from the others. Police does not make laws; laws are made by the legislature. Article 23(6)(a) of the Constitution permits a suspect to apply for court bail and the court has the discretion to grant it taking into account some considerations like the likelihood of escape, interference with witnesses, fixed substantial sureties, etc. Similarly Section 26(1) of the Police Statute No.13/94 permits a police officer to grant bond to a suspect where it is not ready to produce him or her in court immediately. Court bail and police bond are constitutional rights. A person is presumed innocent until proved guilty by a competent court of law. Therefore mob justice presumes one guilty whereas it is the cardinal duty of everyone, be it the Police or not, to uphold and promote the rights and freedoms of individuals. The Constitution further requires that any person arrested by the Police must be produced before a court within 48 hours and where it is not possible, he or she must be released on bond. Article 23(7) of the Constitution gives the right to sue the government for compensation in case the above provision is violated. It is not the Police or courts which entirely create release of suspects on bond or bail but the laws of Uganda. The author also states that many cases are lost for want of prosecution and attributes this to the Police. However the work of prosecution is to summon and guide witnesses while testifying in court. Courts are bound by the Constitution to conduct judicious and speedy trials. Asuman Mugenyi Public relations Officer, Uganda Police

You don't understand how Police works

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