Court upholds torture charges against Kayihura


Court upholds torture charges against Kayihura

The Constitutional court has upheld torture charges against Gen Edward Kale Kayihura, former police chief, and seven other police officers. 

The charges stem from accusations made seven years ago when they were alleged to have violated the rights of supporters of Dr Kizza Besigye. 

A panel of five justices unanimously dismissed a petition arguing that the officers, due to their state duties, shouldn't face charges. The officers were accused of torturing boda boda riders and Besigye's supporters. 

The court ruled that the officers should be held accountable for their actions, rejecting claims of immunity or irrelevance. Despite arguments, the court deemed the charges valid under the existing law. Lawyers representing the petitioner plan to appeal the decision due to a lack of proper notification.

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