THE Police are yet to find witnesses to testify against Iranian herbalist Prof. Shiek Allagholi, who is charged with manufacturing a drug that he purports to cure HIV/AIDS.
State prosecutor Jane Musimenta yesterday told Buganda Road Court magistrate Margaret Tibulya that efforts to find the witnesses had been hampered by the transfer of the detective who carried out investigations in the case.
This prompted the magistrate to adjourn the case to August 28 to enable the State to get witnesses in time for the hearing.
Elahi, who is also charged with supplying and dispensing a restricted drug when he is not a registered practitioner or a licensed person, claims that his drug expels HIV/AIDS from the body.
Elahi was arrested in May at his offices in Naguru, a city suburb. His arrest followed findings by a group of experts from the Ministry of Health that his claims were false and that people who he said he had cured of HIV/AIDS still remained HIV-positive.
The experts also said Elahiâ€™s products, called Khomeini I, II and III, are just herbal products that contain varying proportions of honey and olive oil, which could be found at any market or shop.
Following the investigation report, the ministry directed that Elahiâ€™s institute of Elahi International Initiatives for Development and Education, must stop treating patients and distributing its products.
No witness against Prof. Elahi, Police say