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Court Dismisses Siraje Bakaleke Application :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Court Dismisses Siraje Bakaleke Application

Bakaleke through his lawyer Sarah Nakachwa on October 2nd 2018 filed an application where he wanted court to proceed in the absence of the Attorney General the respondent because he had not filed submissions to show that he was interested in the main case which also seeks to block the fraud trial.
Justice Musa Sekaana Delivering the Ruling

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The Civil Division of High Court has dismissed an application in which Assistant Commissioner of Police Siraje Bakaleke wanted to proceed without the respondent in an application seeking to block his trial before the Anti-Corruption Court.

Bakaleke through his lawyer Sarah Nakachwa on October 2nd 2018 filed an application where he wanted court to proceed in the absence of the Attorney General the respondent because he had not filed submissions to show that he was interested in the main case which also seeks to block the fraud trial.

In so doing, Bakaleke thought that the delay by the Attorney General to respond would affect his reputation in the case before Anti-Corruption Court where is charged with eight others for fraud, conspiracy to commit a felony, kidnap, abuse of office and obtaining money by false pretence.   

The other suspects are Paul Wanyoto Mugoya, Nabeta Samuel Mulowooza, the Managing Director Eye Power Engineering Company and Police Officers Robert Munezero, Innocent Nuwagaba, Robert Ray Asiimwe, Junior Amanya, Babu Gastavas and Kenneth Zirintuusa. 

They are accused of extorting US$ 1.5million (about Shillings 1.4 billion) from Park Seunghoon and Jang Shingu Un, both South Korean nationals who had come to Uganda to buy Gold early this year. 

Prosecution alleges that the group connived and arrested the South Koreans at Acacia mall where they were expected to meet their lawyer, Paul Wanyoto.

Recently, the Director of Public Prosecutions sanctioned the suspect's file for trial and a warrant of arrest was issued to Bakaleke for shunning Court summons.

As a result, Bakaleke through his lawyers led by Sarah Nakachwa petitioned the High Court Civil Division to block their trial before the Anti-corruption court, saying the file lacks sufficient evidence implicating him.

On Thursday, Justice Musa Sekaana dismissed Bakaleke's application with costs saying, that a representative from the Attorney General filed an affidavit in reply.  This according to Sekaana was an indication that the Attorney General was already interested to take on the main application.

Sekaana also stated that court can only block the trial if Bakaleke had reasonable excuses and mature details of evidence to satisfy the court. He dismissed the case with costs which left Nakachwa to break down in tears.

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Meanwhile, Sekaana has asked Bakaleke's lawyers to file written submissions in the main case by 29th October, the Attorney General by November 7th. Sekaana said that the ruling shall be delivered on December 21st.

However, Bakaleke is expected at the Anti-Corruption Court on October 19th to answer charges of fraud and kidnap among others. 

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