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Court employee charged with receiving sh1m bribe

By Edward Anyoli

Added 18th February 2016 02:32 AM

Reagan Ssali, 24, appeared before the Anti- Corruption Court Grade One Magistrate Peter Lochomin and denied the charges

Court employee charged with receiving sh1m bribe

Reagan Ssali, 24, appeared before the Anti- Corruption Court Grade One Magistrate Peter Lochomin and denied the charges

Kayunga Chief Magistrates' Court process server has been charged with soliciting for a bribe of sh2m.

Reagan Ssali, 24, was on Wednesday charged with two offences of corruptly soliciting and receiving gratification of sh1m.

Ssali appeared before the Anti- Corruption Court Grade One Magistrate Peter Lochomin and denied the charges.

Prosecution led by Robert Opiya from the Inspectorate of Government (IGG) said while Ssali was employed as a process server at Kayunga Chief Magistrates' Court in Mukono district he corruptly solicited for sh2m from Akim Ssengozi as an inducement to facilitate the release of Ronald Anguyo and David Kamuhanda on bail.

In the second count Ssali is accused of corruptly receiving sh1m so as to grant bail to Anguyo and Kamuhanda who had been accused of assault in a criminal case number 0041.

Opiya said when Ssali allegedly solicited for sh2m from Ssengozi, he (Ssengozi) reported the complaint to the Inspectorate of Government, a trap was laid and Ssali was arrested.

The power to grant bail to an accused person is only vested in a magistrate or a judge.

Under section 26 of the Anti-Corruption Act, any person found guilty of soliciting for gratification is liable to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding sh4.8m or both.

Magistrate Lochomin remanded Ssali to Luzira Prison until his next appearance on February 22nd after he failed to present substantial sureties.

The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe recently warned corrupt judicial officers saying stringent actions are going to be taken against officials who are found guilty of such offenses.

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