Lawyers drag IGP, SIU commandant to court, want unconditional release of the Alternative DigiTalk journalists

Date: 2022-03-14
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By Kalule Paddy

                   

Lawyers representing the eight Alternative Digitalk journalists and their executive director who also doubles as Novelist and activist Norman Tumuhimbise have petition Nakawa chief Magistrate court seeking for various orders including the unconditional release of their clients.

 

In the petition seen by this website and received by the Nakawa Chief Magistrate court on Monday, the applicants want an order for their unconditional release from police custody/ detention. In addition they want the same order to be complied with by every police officer.

 

They also want the respondents to meet the costs of the application.

 

The petition has been filed against the Attorney General, Inspector general of Police Martin Okoth Ochola and ACP Francis Olugu the commandant special investigation division (SIU) in Kireka by lawyers of Norman Tumuhimbise, Mukose Arnold Anthony,  Faridah Bikobera Lilian, Lilian Luwedde, Nabukeera Teddy, Mukiibi Jeremiah, Turyahabwe Rogers and Jeje Wabyona.

 

The applicants contend that they have been detained incommunicado at Kireka SIU division in defiance of the constitution and the laws of Uganda for over 48 hours. Worse still the arrest and search were both without warrants. Among others.

 

It should be noted that on Thursday evening Military police heavily deployed at the offices based in Makindye-Lukuli-Nanganda Road with no one allowed entry or exit and in the process various properties were taken and nine people were arrested before whisked away.

 

The umbrella body that unites all journalists in the country, The Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) has since condemned the military raid at the Alternative Digi Tv offices, the arrest of journalists before demanding for their unconditional release.

The applicants are represented by M/S Kiiza and Mugisha advocates, M/S Nalukoola, Kakeeto Advocates and solicitors, M/S Cymbell Advocates and M/S Thomas and Michael Advocates