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The suspects were picked up in a joint security raid on Usafi Mosque in Kisenyi, a Kampala city suburb in May this year for their alleged kidnap and murder of Susan Magara. They were arraigned in court on charges of kidnap and murder with intentions of seeking a ransom and were remanded to Prison.

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Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate's court has deferred its ruling on an application by the Susan Magara suspects for court to allow private doctors to examine them following allegations of torture.

The suspects are Mahad Kasalita, the Imam of Usafi Mosque, Yusuf Lubega, a boda boda rider, Hussein Wasswa, a hawker, Muzamiru Ssali, a boda boda rider and Hajara Nakandi, a teacher, Abubaker Kyewolwa, a businessman, Hassan Kato Miiro, Ismail Bukenya, a businessman and Musa Abbas Buvumbo.

The suspects were picked up in a joint security raid on Usafi Mosque in Kisenyi, a Kampala city suburb in May this year for their alleged kidnap and murder of Susan Magara.  They were arraigned in court on charges of kidnap and murder with intentions of seeking a ransom and were remanded to Prison.

However, on June 12, 2018, the accused persons through their lawyer Abdul Hakim Lubega filed an application before Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate's court seeking for orders to allow their private doctors to examine them for torture while in military detention.

In his application, Lubega noted that the accused persons were forced to drink about three liters of water before some people would stand on their bellies. He also claimed that the suspects were forced to hold hot metals in their hands, which burn their hands.

He also claimed that the suspects were blindfolded with black cloths, which has since affected their eye sight. The suspect sought to be examined by private doctors, saying Luzira hospital where they are remanded, doesn't have doctors to examine torture.

The State Attorney, Patricia Akello objected to the application and asked court to dismiss it.  The Buganda Grade One Magistrate, Robert Mukanza was expected to deliver his ruling on the matter.

He however, said his ruling wasn't ready and remanded the suspects until August 15th, 2018. Lubega told URN outside the court that they would push for compensation once court allows private doctors to examine the suspects and it is found that they were indeed tortured.

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